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Wood chip company gets thumbs up over plans

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 07, 2013

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A WOOD shredding business will be allowed to develop its site after councillors approved proposals despite more than 15 objections.

Dean Willshee, of Willshee’s Skip Hire, was given a unanimous thumbs up by members of Staffordshire County Council’s planning committee yesterday and is now able to continue with its waste wood recycling centre.

He had already started using a former timber yard, in Wetmore Road, Burton, as a waste wood recycling centre but submitted a planning application for its retention.

However, the proposal attracted more than 15 objections including a letter from county councillor Ron Clarke, local member for Burton town, who made representations on behalf of local residents and businesses, objecting over noise, dust vibration and odours which it was claimed had been experienced from the activities on the site.

The aim of the wood waste recycling facility would divert wood waste away from landfill, with 95 per cent being recycled.

The applicant says the development would enable wood wastes to be treated for re-use as animal bedding or in energy recovery (bio-mass plant) reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

After the meeting, he said: “We made the application to put in a number of conditions to eliminate any possible problems. We had a noise assessment and dust assessment and everything came back fine.

“The site has been a wood and timber site for more than 120 years and I was disappointed by the lack of support from local councillors. We had support from the county councillors, the planning department and the environment agency.

We spent £1.5 million on developing in the area, creating jobs and recycling

“We don’t want to upset anyone and will install noise barriers which was our idea. We want to develop the site and move forward.”

The site will run operations in parallel with the applicant’s existing waste management facility, in Glensyl Way.

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