Plans for new waste depot on outskirts of Dunmow set to be submitted to council

PUBLISHED: 10:55 21 March 2019

An artist's impression of what the offices will look like. Picture: ANDREW MARTIN PLANNING

An artist's impression of what the offices will look like. Picture: ANDREW MARTIN PLANNING

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Permission to build a bin lorry depot and classic car restoration business on the outskirts of Dunmow will be sought in the next few weeks, landowners have said.

The proposed layout of the site, which would include a car restoration business and new council depot. Picture: ANDREW MARTIN PLANNINGThe proposed layout of the site, which would include a car restoration business and new council depot. Picture: ANDREW MARTIN PLANNING

Plans for land east of the B1256 were unveiled during a public consultation last month, where members of the public had the chance to comment on the proposals before they go to Uttlesford District Council (UDC) for consideration.

The landowners, David Wolfe and Christopher Lawrence, also plan on building offices designed to provide flexible working space, a new footpath, cycle links and create “enhanced public open space”.

Responses to the proposals, displayed at the public consultation on February 18, showed “significant support” for the development, according to Philippa Robinson, who works for planning consultants Andrew Martin Planning.

Ms Robinson told the Broadcast: “There were a number of discussions and comments made about the proposed development. These will be used to inform the development as we progress with the design and application. We are anticipating submitting an application around the end of March.”

The depot, which would be used to park and maintain empty refuse lorries, would be located on the south west portion of the site. The buildings would be adjacent to an existing sewage works and near to Oak and Chelmsford Road industrial estates.

It is understood the lorry depot would be used by UDC and could replace a site in the centre of Dunmow town centre.

As far back as 2011, residents have called for UDC to move its waste depot, in New Street, out of the town centre, arguing at the time the street was too narrow for lorries.

In 2015, the Broadcast reported that about £1.5million had been earmarked by UDC to move the depot away from the town centre.

An FOI request submitted by the Broadcast, revealed UDC had spent £72,799,37 on its waste depot relocation project between April 2015 and April 2018.

UDC failed to respond to a request for comment.

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