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Controversial recycling plan for quarry pond approved

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Controversial plans to infill a pond in Pitsford and turn it into a waste recycling facility have been narrowly voted through by councillors.

Peter Bennie Ltd, a quarrying company based in Burton Latimer, applied for permission to set up the facility on the site of Pitsford Pond, off the A508.

The site is intended to replace the facilities currently in operation at the now-full Harlestone Quarry.

Both Boughton and Pitsford parish councils raised concerns over the adverse impact the development would have on the area.

And the vote was split when the proposal came before Northamptonshire County Council’s planning committee last week.

Councillor Phil Larratt (Con, Nene Valley) cast the deciding vote in favour of the plan. He said: “We understand there is the need for waste disposal in the Northampton area, with Harlestone being full.

“It is a three-year application and it is going to cause concern over that period, I accept that.

“But weighing up the proposal, I think I support the officer’s recommendation.”

The meeting heard two previous applications on the site had been refused, but the adjoining land now has planning permission for quarrying.

Up to 85,000 tonnes a year of materials from construction and demolition operations will be imported into the quarry, and 25,000 tonnes per year will be transported off-site and sold.

Councillor John Clarke, chairman of Boughton Parish Council, said: “We find it difficult to understand the need for inert waste landfill, given landfill at Boughton quarry was closed down on the basis of lack of demand for these activities.

“The site is adjacent to Grade II listed parkland, and we are unable to reassure ourselves it would not have an adverse impact on the landscape.”

 

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