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Inert waste recycling permitted in Green Belt

DATE: 21 Sep 2009

In the course of granting planning permission on appeal for concrete crushing and screening, and inert waste recycling (B2 use) on land at Poyle Manor Farm, Poyle, Berks (APP/J0350/A/09/2096331, dated 21 September 2009), the Inspector observed that:

'There … seems to me to be a clear shortfall in construction and demolition waste recycling capacity in Berkshire, when compared with the targets for this capacity and for the use of secondary aggregates. Furthermore, the Waste Local Plan targets have not been met, unlike the prospects at the time of the 2000 appeal, and policy emphasis has changed since 2000. The shortfall appears to be particularly acute in the central and eastern parts of Berkshire, around the appeal site. The appeal development would go some way towards addressing this shortfall, and would accord with the South East Plan. I give all of the above matters significant weight in my decision.

The appeal development would make more efficient use of a facility which could, whatever the outcome of the appeal, provide substitute materials to replace land won aggregates. The appeal development would therefore be beneficial in relation to sustainable development. The appeal site has excellent access to the primary highway network and lies in close proximity to west London and adjoining counties, within which I have been referred to many shortfalls. It is therefore well located. I give each of these matters significant weight in my decision.'

Simon Pickles appeared on behalf of the Appellant, Wiggins Transport Limited