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Scrapyard loses its appeal on plans for expansion
6:40pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A SCRAPYARD has lost its appeal to expand following fierce opposition from residents and councillors.
Mackers Metals, in Wrexham Road, Laindon, applied to Essex County Council for permission to start handling paper and wood waste, as well as continuing with scrap metal and car dismantling.
The authority turned down the controversial proposals in March because the expansion would have an “adverse impact”
on nearby homes and businesses due to the extra noise it would create.
Mackers Metals immediately lodged an appeal, but this has now been thrown out by the Planning Inspectorate over concerns about traffic from lorries, nuisance and the unsuitable location of the industrial operation.
John Scarola, Labour councillor for Laindon Park, said: “It’s an excellent decision by the Planning Inspectorate to dismiss the appeal against what is essentially a waste plant being built in a residential area.
“I would like to thank everyone who has helped. If this goes to another appeal, which it may well do, it needs all the councillors to be together on this regardless of what party we're in.
“Residents should continue to raise any noise concerns.”
More than 400 residents signed a petition opposing the expansion, which would have seen another 30 lorries visit the site each day.
John Dornan, Tory councillor for Laindon Park, added: “The decision by the Planning Inspectorate is absolutely just.
We have got areas in Basildon which are ideal for this kind of business, and Mackers Metal is obviously outgrowing its current premises. I think it would be silly to appeal this again.
“The expansion was refused on solid grounds and it proves our policies in Basildon reflect national planning policies.
“Residents will be more than happy with the decision.”
Charlie McDermott, who has owned and run Mackers Metals for five years, previously insisted the paper and timber waste would be sorted by hand and the lorries used would be quieter than those transporting scrap.
If given the go ahead, the expansion would have created five new jobs. Mr McDermott made no comment
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