Hurdsfield recycling plans rubbished

Plans for a waste recycling facility off Withyfold Drive have been rejected due to concerns over the impact of HGV’s on local residential areas.  

The plans, lodged with Cheshire East planners by recycling firm 1st Choice Waste & Metals, had been deferred in June amid strong opposition from residents, – some living within 85 metres of the two-acre site – and concerns related to the number of HGV trips required to service the facility. 

The site, which was previously used as a vehicle recovery depot, sits on the edge of Hurdsfield industrial estate.

Under its plans, 1st Choice Waste & Metals intends to use several buildings already on site, including a two-storey office block. 

Already operational at Moss Lane in Macclesfield, the company needs to move as its current site is required for housing. 

The intention is for the Withyfold Road site to be used as a recycling centre for the tipping, sorting and storage of dry, non-hazardous mixed general wastes. 

The proposal sparked opposition ahead of its earlier hearing, with 250 objections coming from individuals. Macclesfield Town Council and two Cheshire East councillors also opposed the project.

Despite the strong opposition, officers had recommended that project be approved when Cheshire East’s planning committee met on Wednesday. 

Officers said: “It is considered that, while there could be some harm to amenity associated with the movement of HGVs on residential roads, these impacts are not sufficient on their own to warrant refusal of the application and are outweighed by the significant strategic and economic benefits presented by the proposal.” 

ilovemacc questions how those same officers would react to plans to site a recycling station within 85 metres of their own homes.

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