Multiple objections to scrapyard in The Wolds

CONTROVERSIAL plans to bring a scrapyard for 50,000 tonnes of waste to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have been met with fierce objections.

Winchester Marine (Brookenby) Ltd wants 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.

But objectors – including Campaign to Protect Rural England, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service, West Lindsey Council, Brookenby Council and hundreds of residents - say the site overlooking farmland on the Binbrook Technical Park is not suitable for this type of major industrial development, which would generate some hazardous waste.

There are worries it would harm the landscape in an AONB and ‘greatly diminish’ the appeal of Binbrook, which attracts a lot of tourists and walkers.

People fear the extra lorries travelling through the area would be “dangerous and irresponsible” because the country roads are too narrow. They say HGVs manoeuvring near Binbrook Primary School could put children’s safety at risk. And the chair of governors at the school Graham Dobbs says the whole school vibrates when lorries go past.

Other concerns include an increase in pollution, noise, dust, and crime such as fly tipping.

Campaign to Protect Rural England planning advisor for Lincolnshire Peter Dryburgh said: “We object to the scheme on visual grounds and the impact on views from the wider landscape within the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB.”

The firm’s previous application was thrown out by planners earlier this year after concerns about the suitability of the site, its visual impact and noise. They said it would devalue the AONB.

But residents fear the new downsized development – set to create 15 full time and five part time jobs - has seen few changes from the original plan.

Winchester Marine (Brookenby) Ltd plans to plant trees to minimise the visual impact but West Lindsey Council’s senior development management officer George Backovic said the type of tree screening proposed by the firm would be “ineffective”.

A supporting statement in the company’s planning application said: “The proposed facility will have minimal impact on the AONB from a visual perspective once all landscaping measures are in place and also in terms of noise once all high noise generating machinery are sufficiently sound attenuated.”

Louth demolition and waste management company GMB did engineering and clearing work at Winchester Marine (Brookenby) Ltd last year.

GBM managing director Simon Grantham said: “If you think about Binbrook, on the whole nothing happens there. And what’s beautiful about Brookenby and the aircraft areas? It’s just not.

“People need to take a serious look at the economy. There is employment opportunities for young lads who are mechanically minded. They’re not going to be doctors, are they?

“All the lads they’ll employ will want to get their paper and lunch from the local shop. I can’t believe the short-sightedness of people. People need to sit up and respect the people doing the employing.

“It seems to be a Lincolnshire thing. No-one seems to want to do anything in their backyard. In my opinion it’s people being short-sighted but Lincolnshire is one of those places, you’re not allowed to get on, are you? It’s quite annoying.”

Mr Grantham said Winchester Marine had “gifted out of the goodness of their heart” a Bomber Command Memorial at the site but residents say it will be surrounded by scrap.

The Rasen Mail has made repeated attempts to speak to Winchester Marine (Brookenby) Ltd managing director Simon Dennis about his application. At the time of going to press yesterday we had not received a response.

The application will be determined by Lincolnshire County Council. A decision is expected to be made by November 21.