Proposed nappy recycling plant turned down over odour concerns
Hillingdon council have thrown out plans for a proposed £15 million nappy recycling plant to be built in Hayes, west London. The decision was taken after hearing about the proposals by the company on how to deal with odour issues at the site.
Council planning officers pointed out that the proposed recycling plant was too close to a nearby school and decided that the company behind the proposed plant, Knowaste, had not fully understood the potential threat from noxious odour emissions coming from the plant.
Knowaste now say that they will appeal to the Planning Inspector to try and overturn the decision made by the local authority. The company also said that they might be building their first nappy recycling plant in east London instead now.
The recycling plant, which would be able to process around 36,000 tonnes of absorbent hygiene products each year, would have been built to the south of Uxbridge Road, in the Springfield Road Industrial and Business Area and would sit near to a primary school, residential homes, a supermarket, Hayes Football Club and a Sikh academy.
Whilst Hillingdon council accepted the principal of the recycling plant to be used for waste management, they are concerned about the odour issues that a nappy recycling plant could create.
The company said that they have no other choice but to appeal the decision and have condemned the council and alleged “inconsistent and intermittent communication” concerning their proposal.
UK business development director at Knowaste, Paul Richardson, said: “The impact of this decision on our timetable is disappointing as we had already identified a site for plant number two in East London which will proceed as planned, although it may become plant number one if the appeal process takes too long.”
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