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The company needs to move as its current site as it is required for housing. Credit: Google Earth

Macclesfield recycling centre rubbished at committee 

Dan Whelan

Plans for a waste recycling facility off Withyfold Drive have been turned down by Cheshire East Council due to concerns over the impact of HGV’s on local residential areas.  

The plans, lodged by recycling firm 1st Choice Waste & Metals, had been deferred in June amid strong opposition from residents. 

There are houses within 85 metres of the two-acre site and most of the concerns related to the number of HGV trips that would be required to service the facility. 

Previously used as a vehicle recovery depot, the site sits on the edge of an established industrial estate. Under its plans, 1st Choice Waste & Metals intends to use several buildings already on site, including a two-storey office block. 

Already operational at Moss Lane in the town, the company needs to move as its current site is required for housing. 

The intention is for the Withyfold Road site to be used as a recycling centre for the tipping, sorting and storage of dry, non-hazardous mixed general wastes. 

The proposal sparked opposition ahead of its earlier hearing, with 250 objections coming from individuals. Macclesfield Town Council and two Cheshire East councillors also opposed the project.

Despite the strong opposition, officers had recommended that project be approved when Cheshire East’s planning committee met on Wednesday. 

Officers said: “It is considered that, while there could be some harm to amenity associated with the movement of HGVs on residential roads, these impacts are not sufficient on their own to warrant refusal of the application and are outweighed by the significant strategic and economic benefits presented by the proposal.” 


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