Wolds’ scrapyard plans gain no favour at council

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PLANS to put a scrapyard for 50,000 tonnes of waste in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have been unanimously rejected by councillors.

The news will come as a relief to the hundreds of objectors who feared a scrapyard overlooking farmland on Binbrook Technical Park would harm the landscape and “greatly diminish” the appeal of the area, which attracts a lot of tourists and walkers.

Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee turned down the application by Winchester Marine (Brookenby) Ltd stating the development could potentially have “unacceptable visual impacts” and that noise from the site would “harm and devalue the intrinsic character of the open countryside.” Plus it says the land is not suitable for industrial use.

Winchester Marine (Brookenby) Ltd wanted to change a hangar and storage yard at the former Binbrook Airfield into a processing plant for scrap metal, waste wood and old cars and lorries – despite objections from Campaign to Protect Rural England, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, West Lindsey District Council, Brookenby Parish Council and hundreds of residents.

People feared extra lorries travelling through the area would be “dangerous and irresponsible” because the country roads are too narrow. Other concerns included an in increase in pollution, noise, dust, and crime such as fly tipping.

The planning committee recognised the potential employment opportunities at the proposed development stating it was “crucial to maintaining a local population” but this was not enough to secure approval.

Lincolnshire County Council’s development manager Neil McBride said: “The planning and regulation committee unanimously refused the application as the development conflicts with policies of the Waste Local Plan.

“This seeks to steer proposals of this nature to land allocated for general industrial use.

“Given that only part of the application site is allocated for such a use, the committee concluded that it was contrary to Waste Local Plan policies.

“In addition, the site is situated within the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the committee considered that the external processing activities proposed would devalue the intrinsic character of the Lincolnshire Wolds.”

It is not the first time the company has had a planning application thrown out – earlier this year Winchester Marine (Brookenby) Ltd was refused planning permission for a similar but slightly larger development at the same site after concerns about its location, visual impact and noise.

The Rasen Mail made repeated attempts to contact Winchester Marine (Brookenby) Ltd managing director Simon Dennis, but he failed to return any calls before going to press. It is not yet clear whether or not the company will appeal the decision.