Plans to extend Leyland’s tip have been given the go-ahead, despite concerns over noise, traffic and the impact on greenbelt land.
Environment chiefs at Lancashire County Council applied to develop the existing facility in Flensburg Way, Farington, Leyland.
The plan will see the facility turned into a ‘split level’ development, which will remove the need for steps for the public to deposit rubbish and scrap the need for the site to be closed when skips are rotated. That is designed to ensure problems with queuing traffic are solved.
Four letters of objection were received from residents, raising fears including noise, screening, litter and the impact on the area.
But LCC planning officer Stuart Perigo told a meeting of the council’s development control committee: “The impact of the proposal on the greenbelt, we do feel, would be very small when seen in association with the existing site.”
He added: “There would be no significant increase in noise levels associated with the proposal.”
Two councillors – Penwortham South’s Renee Blow and Chris Holtom (Ribble Valley SW) – raised concerns over traffic heading from Leyland/M65 having to turn right across oncoming cars into the site.
But Mr Perigo said without the highway network being a ‘global, one-way system’, that would always be an issue.
Committee chairman Coun Michael Devany said the concern would be monitored.
The plan was approved unanimously.