A WASTE recycling plant has been given the green light to expand its operation in a move that will create 58 permanent jobs.
Lincolnshire County Council approved Bowmans Waste’s application to incorporate a new anaerobic digestion plant to treat commercial waste at its site on the Bowmans Business Park, Addlethorpe.
Developer Kennegh Ellis said: “This is the first one of its kind in the UK, it’s the most expensive and it’s the most environmentally friendly system available. It will reduce landfill usage and costs for the local businesses to dispose of their waste.”
The councillors’ decision to approve the application on Monday went against the recommndation of planning officers.
They had recommended refusal on the grounds that possible odour emissions created by the development would be unacceptable to local residents and businesses.
Coun Colin Davie, though supportive of the waste recycling technology, believes the councillors acted unduly in contradicting the officers.
He said: “I am astounded that on such a technical application as this that committee members chose to disregard the recommendation of officers and the advice of an independent commissioned consultant.”
Addlethorpe Parish Council also raised objections about the possible odour impact on surrounding residents and Coun John Leeman was disappointed with the planning decision. He said: “I think it’s totally wrong and I wonder why some of the councillors vote for these things when they know they are going to cause a lot of people distress.”
However Mr Ellis believes opponents of the plant will be won round when they see how little odour escapes from its state-of-the-art pressurised treatment facility.