Hundreds object about waste plant development

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LARGE numbers of residents are objecting to plans for a waste and skip depot on a Sheffield industrial estate close to homes – because they fear it will worsen existing noise problems.

The plans involve a site on the Junction 34 Industrial Estate, on Greasbro Road, Tinsley.

Some 121 residents have signed a petition against the scheme, while 109 have sent letters and emails in protest.

However, members of Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board have been recommended to approve the development at their meeting next Monday.

Residents say they ‘already have to put up with a large amount of commercial traffic using Greasbro Road at all hours’.

They claim the ‘constant noise causes sleep disturbance’.

People living in the area say the 150,000 tonnes of material set to be moved to and from the site each day could lead to up to 60 truck journeys – four times as many as the fugure of 15 estimated by the applicant.

And residents fear the extra trucks could impact on both pedestrian and general vehicle safety in the area.

They are also worried about dust from the processing of materials taken to the site, such as crushing or masonry, and the potential for waste to fall off vehicles.

Council planning officers say the applicant should carry out work to minimise the spread of sound, but that activities on site would not otherwise be ‘detrimental to residential amenity’.

Officials said numbers of lorries would be ‘at the lower spectrum of movements for a warehouse or distribution unit’.