A number of different waste and recycling operations just north of Horsham have turned a rural road into a ‘major highway’ according to residents.
West Sussex County Council’s planning committee approved an application to increase vehicle movements to and from the Britaniacrest site in Langhurstwood Road last Tuesday June 2 at Chichester’s County Hall.
The company already has permission to use the former Wealden Brickworks site as a waste transfer site.
WSCC’s planning committee agreed its application to manage and process up to 200,000 tonnes of commercial, industrial and municipal waste each year.
The new application looked to vary two conditions, allowing it to increase the amount of waste it could process to 230,000 tonnes a year.
Brian Johnson, speaking on behalf of the Langhurstwood Residents’ Group, said their narrow and quiet rural road had been transformed into a major highway over the past 15 years.
The original application was for an increase in traffic movements by 27.6 per cent, below the 30 per cent threshold which requires a full transport impact study.
But if both applications were taken together the increase would be over 30 per cent and Mr Johnson believed a full impact study was required.
Although local member Peter Catchpole (Con, Holbrook) was not at the meeting a statement was read out on his behalf by Heidi Brunsdon (Con, Imberdown), chair of the committee.
Mr Catchpole said the community had borne the brunt of the West Sussex Local Waste Plan for many years, with massive increases in Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) movements.
He called for a complete analysis of the current situation before allowing any further increase in HGVs.
However officers said that the extra HGV movements would have a ‘barely perceptible impact’ in any location, and explained that councillors had to decide if the application before them was acceptable both in terms of highways capacity and its impact on residents’ amenity.
Liz Kitchen (Con, Rusper and Warnham) expressed ‘huge sympathy’ with the residents having to put up with ‘enormous’ vehicles travelling past their houses.
The Britaniacrest site is next to the Brookhurst Wood Landfill Site and Biffa’s mechanical biological treatment centre
The application was approved by seven to two, with four abstentions.
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