Landfill plan thrown out by town council

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CONTRoVErSIAL plans to store a compost-like material at a landfill site have been thrown out by Doncaster Council.

Members of the borough’s planning committee rejected an application for the construction of a storage site for a substance called sterefibre.

It is produced through recycling of household waste.

Bosses at a landfill site and quarry at High Hazel Lane, in Hampole, put in an application to build a storage pad for the substance, which is made by the Rotherham based firm Sterecycle.

It provoked concerns from Hampole and Skelbrooke Parish Council, with members of the authority claiming it was producing an “intolerable foul odour”.

But councillors have turned the scheme down because they believed it was inappropriate in a green belt.

Coun Woodhouse, a Sprotbrough councillor who represents Hampole, said: “I have been worried about the site.

“People have told me that the smell has been very bad.

“There has been sterefibre on that site for a couple of years. The people who live in that area don’t want it.

“Now it has been turned down, I would like to see it moved.”

Other objections to the scheme included concerns over a potential increase in dust levels and a rise in the number of lorry journeys needed to bring the material in from Rotherham.

But the report before councillors said: “By far the main concern that has been expressed by local residents is that of odour nuisance

“Indeed the application itself acknowledges that Sterfibre does have a detectable odour and that a number of odour complaints have been received by environmental health and the Environment Agency.”

But officers told councillors there had been no formal objections to the plans from the Environment Agency.

They said the scheme would have little impact on the green belt as it was already a landfill site. Concerns raised will be monitored by the Environment Agency.