Hailsham company looks for recycling site permission

A RECYCLING site could be set up on land between Hailsham and Polegate.

Last month Haulaway Ltd in Apex Way, Hailsham, withdrew plans for a recycling operation at Filching Quarry.

The same company is now looking for planning permission to set up a similar operation at the vacant Polegate Yard in Coldthorn Lane, Hailsham – land which is owned by Haulaway Ltd.

The plans are to change the use of the mortar, aggregates and concrete plant yard and depot into an inert recycling operation (up to 45,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste per year), with a dry recyclables storage and skip storage area.

Polegate Town Council supports the plan but Wealden District Council has expressed concerns about noise and the number of vehicles coming in and out.

A planning statement by agent SLR said there was a need for the recycling operation to serve the local community.

The statement read, “The objective is to provide a small scale storage and inert recycling site, which will complement Haulaway’s existing operations at Diplock’s Transfer Station.

“The priority is to re-use previously developed land and buildings.”

Access to the site would be via the existing highways of Coldthorn Lane and the A22 dual carriageway.

Waste materials such as concrete, topsoil and hardcore are currently treated at Haulaway’s Diplocks Transfer Station but the company no longer has enough space to screen ‘recycled aggregates or indeed stockpile them before selling’.

The statement added, “There is also minimal space available at the Diplocks Site to store skips.

“This application is intended to allow the applicant to run their operations more efficiently across their existing site and the application site.”

Polegate Town Council’s planning committee supported the application at a meeting,

A council document said there could sometimes be up to 20 lorry movements carrying 18 to 32 tonnes of material per day, from 7.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Consultee Wealden District Council has objected to the planning application over concerns about noise, vehicle movements and drainage issues.

East Sussex County Council will make the final decision on the application. A county spokesman said, “This will not be until September at the earliest.”