Hailsham waste recycling plans

A RECYCLING operation for construction waste could be up-and-running at a site between Hailsham and Polegate if permission is given by the planning authority.

The Sussex Express reported last month that Colin Holloway of Haulaway Ltd in Apex Way, Hailsham, had withdrawn an application to inport 136,000 tonnes per year of inert construction material at Filching Quarry.

Planning consent is now being sought by the company for another site – the vacant Polegate Yard in Coldthorn Lane, Hailsham, which was acquired by the applicant in 2010.

The plans are to change the use of the mortar, aggregates and concrete plant yard and depot into an inert recycling operation (up to 45,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste per annum), dry recyclables storage and skip storage area.

A planning statement by agent SLR said there was a need for the recycling operation to continue to serve the local community.

The statement read: “The objective is to provide a small scale storage and inert recycling site which will compliment [sic] Haulaway’s existing operations at Diplock’s Transfer Station.

“The priority [is] to re-use previously developed land and buildings (rather than extending the development footprint into previously unused land) and this development will efficiently make use of the existing site.”

Consultee Wealden District Council has objected to the planning application over concerns about noise, vehicle movements and drainage issues.

East Sussex County Council will give the final decision.