Lincolnshire County Council plans new tip in Bourne

Bourne's household waste recycling centre in Pinfold Lane.

Bourne's household waste recycling centre in Pinfold Lane.

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The county council has applied for planning permission to build a new tip in Bourne amid fears the current one could close in 2016.

The authority wants to develop greenfield land off South Fen Road, close to Cherry Holt Garden Centre.

According to a supporting statement to the planning application, the council is concerned that Bourne could be left without a household waste recycling centre should Bullimore’s Sand and Gravel, which runs the existing tip in Pinfold Lane, decline to retender in April 2016.

The statement also confirms that the council has failed to find suitable land in Stamford on which to build a new tip. Should the tip in Bourne close, this would mean people living in the two towns would have to travel to Grantham to get rid of their waste. Rutland tips require permits, which are only issued to residents of the county.

The council believes the new centre would have limited impact on traffic and the neighbouring environment. The planning statement says: “The purpose of the household waste recycling centre is to provide a facility which is to guarantee the service to the general public in future years to come. The location of the proposed new household waste recycling centre facility is of similar nature to the existing site, in that it’s within an industrial estate and closely located off the A151 Cherry Holt Road.

“It is not anticipated that there will be any significant change in the number of members of the public using the facility once it has been relocated to the new site off South Fen Road.”

The new tip would have up to four compaction machines, which the council says would increase the amount of waste that could be collected, therefore reducing the number of lorries visiting the site.

It would also have a one-storey welfare building and office, canopies up to 7m high and an access road.

The statement adds: “It is not considered the development of the site would have an adverse impact on environmental quality, social cohesion and inclusion or economic potential of the area. The site is a vacant plot next to an already established industrial area.

“The household waste recycling centre has been designed so that it blends into and matches the existing industrial buildings to the west and north west of the site. Design measures have been put in place which will serve to limit any negative impact of the facility such as an acoustic fence.”

The site itself is a vacant greenfield plot which the council is in the process of buying. It has been allocated for employment use by South Kesteven District Council and is not being used for farming.

Should planning permission be approved, the tup would open four days a week, from 9am to 4pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. This is the same as the existing tip in Pinfold Lane. The hours were cut in 2014 from 8am to 4pm seven days a week.

The hours would be subject to review to reflect site usage and public demand. The council believes the site could open seven days a week if demand is high enough.

The search for land in Stamford on which to build a tip has been going on since 2007. The council was considering land off Ryhall Road but was unable to find a suitable site or the funds to build the tip. The county council funds a district council waste collection in Cattle Market car park from 9am to midday every Saturday.