Waste plant plans are scrapped

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Campaigners have hailed a “victory for common sense” after planning chiefs scrapped controversial proposals to develop a waste plant.

In January 2011, Derbyshire County Council granted planning permission to upgrade the MXG Waste Transfer Station, on Mansfield Road, Corbriggs, Chesterfield, increasing the amount and types of rubbish handled at the site.

Now the council has revoked planning permission amid residents’ concerns over smells and dust, and because the existing building was deemed unsuitable for the applicant’s new waste operation.

Campaigner Sue Hill, who lives in Corbriggs, said: “We’ve been campaigning against this development for such a long time so a lot of villagers were overcome with emotion when they heard this wonderful news.

“I think I would have considered leaving Corbriggs if we hadn’t got this result - there were a lot of fears about noise, dust, vermin and more traffic.

“This is quite simply a victory for common sense,” she added.

The contentious development would have seen the waste plant handle up to an additional 48,000 tonnes of rubbish - including household refuse - collected from across Chesterfield, Bolsover and NE Derbyshire each year.

The waste plant is operated by recycling company MXG on behalf of applicants Resource Recovery Solutions (Derbyshire) Ltd.

They said: “Whilst disappointed, we will work with the local authority to find a suitable alternative.”