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Bourne Skip Hire plans for waste site in South Fen Road are rejected

Plans to use agricultural land on the edge of Bourne for processing up to 75,000 tonnes of waste each year have been rejected by a council.

Bourne Skip Hire had asked Lincolnshire County Council if it could use a site, measuring about two-thirds of a hectare off South Fen Road, for waste recycling to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate.

The company hoped to store about 10,000 tonnes of waste at the site at any one time. The application also asked for two offices to be sited at the same location.

Bourne Skip Hire
Bourne Skip Hire

Six jobs would have been created initially, with up to 10 jobs longer term.

A report to Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee said the main issues are “whether the proposed development is acceptable in this location given its location in the open countryside and whether the development would have any adverse environmental or amenity impacts”.

The land had not been allocated for employment or industrial uses and was outside the existing developed footprint.

Speaking in early September, Chris Seggie, managing director of Bourne Skip Hire, said the firm had “outgrown” its main site in Cherry Holt Road, Bourne, and had spent years finding extra space in town.

He added that while councils want to encourage recycling they can make it difficult to set up recycling processes.

The county council's planning committee refused the application at its meeting this month.

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