Retrospective plan for waste recovery site near Uckfield set for approval

Retrospective plans for a waste importation, recovery and transfer site at Piltdown look set to be approved today.

East Sussex County Council’s planning committee is recommended to allow the change of use of one of four units next to Oak Ferrars Farm, which is north east of Piltdown, outside the defined development boundary for Uckfield and within a Low Weald landscape character area.

The unit was previously used for storage and distribution.

A report to the committee says the development is within seven kilometres of the Ashdown Forest Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area but the changed use was unlikely to result in an increase in the number of vehicle movements over that related to the storage and distribution use and so no further mitigation was required.

The report says the facility is used for the importation, baling, bulking up, storage and transfer of waste plastics.

The operator, Born Again Plastics, offers a recycling collection service. Waste imported includes agricultural films, agricultural rigid plastics, agricultural strings, agricultural fertiliser bags and industrial films.

“The most significant type of imported waste is agricultural films. This is the type of material used to wrap hay bales.”

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