Depot plans set to be reworked by district council

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 27 December 2018

Uttlesford District Council planning committee refused an application for a new street services base in Little Canfield. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Uttlesford District Council planning committee refused an application for a new street services base in Little Canfield. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Long-held plans to move a bin lorry depot out of Dunmow town centre are stirring once again, after Uttlesford District Council (UDC) suffered a knock back earlier this year.

In June, an application for a new base for the district council’s street services, to be built in Little Canfield, was rejected by the UDC planning committee.

The application was turned down on the grounds that the development would have an unacceptable impact upon wildlife along Flitch Way, as well as its proximity to adjacent listed buildings.

As early as 2011, Dunmow residents have called for UDC to move its waste depot, in New Street, out of the town centre, arguing then that the street is too narrow for lorries.

At a Dunmow Town Council meeting on December 6, Councillor Susan Barker, cabinet member for environment services at UDC, said: “We are still looking for a couple of sites for replacing the waste depot. It is trundling on. We are working on it.”

Following the rejection in June, UDC is now preparing a revised application for the Little Canfield site, it been confirmed.

As well as this, a separate application is being prepared by private land owners to develop land adjacent to the B1256 on the outskirts of Dunmow, which would include space for a replacement waste depot.

The landowners confirmed they were planning to hold a public exhibition detailing the plans.

The land is adjacent to an existing sewage works and near to Oak and Chelmsford Road industrial estates.

Cllr Barker said: “New Street is a really inappropriate place for such a big depot. The people of Dunmow don’t really need lorries going out at 6.45am. A lot of people also go up New Street to get to the doctors. We have been looking for many years.

“Wherever it gets placed, it will be an investment for us and we want to make sure we don’t make anymore traffic issues. All these things have to be considered. I think the people of Dunmow would like it to be sorted one way or another.”

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