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Wood recycling plant back before planners

PUBLISHED: 13:30 13 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:10 07 July 2010

A scheme for what was feared would be a noisy wood recycling plant in a Norfolk village has been brought back to planners.

Norfolk Wood Recycling Centre, based just outside Mattishall, wants to create a plant which could process up to 4,500 tonnes of waste wood a year.

A scheme for what was feared would be a noisy wood recycling plant in a Norfolk village has been brought back to planners.

Norfolk Wood Recycling Centre, based just outside Mattishall, wants to create a plant which could process up to 4,500 tonnes of waste wood a year.

The plant, to be built at Kensington Forge in Dereham Road, would sort and chip wood for re-use, including for biomass fuel.

There had been concerns about noise and traffic on the roads in the area and the scheme was dropped.

But now it is back before to Breckland Council for planning permission with changes to address those concerns.

A diesel-powered woodchipper in the earlier scheme would now be replaced by an electric woodchipper.

The application states: “The facility will provide for the sorting of wood waste collected from business and the bringing back into beneficial uses where ever possible.

“Wood too badly damaged will be chipped for biomass. Mainly operations will be under cover but some temporary outside storage might be used.”

The application says that the maximum annual level of wood processed would be 4,500 tonnes. There would be acoustic lining inside a timber clad building used for the chipping to reduce noise and sound levels would be very low, it states.

No outside lighting is proposed and there would be two full-time jobs at the plant.

Wood sorting would be carried out Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 5pm and on Saturdays 7.30am to noon.

Wood chipping would be carried out as required within those hours but not on a Saturday, it said.

All roads in the area would be used, including the Dereham Road, B1022, and Stone Road, which links to the A47, as waste wood is collected and delivered from local firms and then the recycled material is then redistributed.

The application says deliveries would be expected three times daily and recycled material taken away on the same lorries.

The application includes two transport assessments, one noise assessment and three volumes of supporting data.

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