Mid UK Recycling’s Barkston Heath plant expansion plan is turned down

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Twenty acre expansion plans by a Grantham area recycling company have been turned down by Lincolnshire County Council planners.

Mid UK Recycling had put forward a scheme to extend its 25-acre site on the High Dyke at Barkston Heath by another 20 acres to the north as part of a 10-year plan requested by the council. The plant would eventually employ an additional 200 people to the 400 already on the books.

Part of the development was down to the need for additional storage space under new fire regulations. A new filtration lagoon would catch water run off and allow water to be recycled by firefighters.

The plans included erection of a building for the packaging and storing of gypsum, another for the recycling of mattresses, processing of waste plastics and storage of recyclable plastic, an open storage area for wrapped bales of refuse for fuel and skip storage, a site office building with car park, access road and weighbridge.

The council planning and regulation committee refused the scheme saying that although the existing site was permitted, its policies could not allow further expansion into the countryside. They said the new buildings could also obstruct air traffic to RAF Barkston Heath. They also refused to increase the permitted annual tonnage of waste passing through the site by 220,000 tonnes per year. As they had already refused the expansion, they ruled the current site would not cope with extra capacity.

The committee did agree to permit hours for delivery of materials to between 6am and 7pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4pm on weekends and Bank Holidays to provide consistency across the site.