• 1 October 2018

New Materials Recovery Facility in East Sussex gets the go-ahead

We are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for the development of a fully enclosed Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Haulaway Ltd, a waste management firm in Polegate, East Sussex.

About two thirds of East Sussex is protected from development as a result of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Haulaway’s site lies adjacent to a fishery and is surrounded by “countryside” as designated in planning policies, meaning it is difficult to find suitable sites in the area.

Our team’s planning and environmental permitting service devised a development strategy and various technical options for the site, including investigating the potential for a range of ecology, landscape and visual, noise and transport impacts.

The client reviewed more than 40 other sites before embarking on making its planning application. The Polegate site was chosen as it lay close to the sources of waste it would receive, had convenient access to the highway, benefitted from being concealed by surrounding vegetation, in addition to the range of impacts that could be adequately mitigated against.

Our interpretation of planning policy enabled the client to realise its ambitions, significantly enhancing the value of its landholding in the process. The sophisticated facility will process up to 40,000 tonnes of waste, including: cardboard, carpet, fabric, glass containers, metal cans / tins, paper, plastics and packaging. The materials captured by the facility will be diverted away from landfill and sent on to industries for reprocessing, ultimately being remanufactured into new products.

The planning permission comes at an opportune moment for East Sussex given the major changes currently taking place in the recyclates market, with China announcing a ban on imports of plastic waste from the UK and the public’s interest in the harmful effects of this waste.

This is our second appointment for planning applications work with Haulaway Ltd and follows on from us seeking environmental permit and Ordinary Watercourse Consent approvals in June 2015.

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