New waste transfer station in Blackburn gets green light

The Stanley Street, Blackburn, site for the water transfer station
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Permission has been granted to build and operate a new waste transfer station in Blackburn. Cleansing Service Group Limited (CSG Blackburn) has applied for planning permission for the industrial unit on a vacant site at the junction of Gorse Street and Stanley Street in the Green Bank Industrial Estate.

It would sort and store non-hazardous waste including household rubbish for transfer elsewhere for disposal. The new building will be used to accommodate a waste transfer station which is to replace a similar one that was demolished by a fire.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has now approved the planning application for the development with seven conditions. The site is currently mainly vacant space.

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A supporting statement submitted with the application says: “The site benefits from three planning permissions that have been granted over the years. This application is a resubmission of a previously approved application that has since expired.

“At the time the previous application was approved, the site was owned by NWM and they did not construct the approved new unit. Ownership of the site has now transferred to CSG who wish for the new unit to be constructed.”

A report recommending approval from senior planner Christian Barton says: “The site has historically been used as a waste management facility. The site contains a number of storage containers and open-air storage areas.

“This application involves the erection of a waste transfer building. The proposed building would have a footprint of circa 342 square metres and a dual-pitched roof up to 10.1m in height.

“The elevations would have red brick plinth walls and black cladding. Grey cladding would be used for the roof with six rooflights installed.

“Blackburn with Darwen has entered into a short-term contract to dispose of its residual waste to landfill and during the period to 2020 it will need facilities to treat this waste if it is to divert from landfill. It is also clear that much of the non-municipal waste in Blackburn with Darwen goes to landfill.

“This proposal would help to reduce the amount of waste reaching landfill in keeping with government and council commitments to reduce waste, reuse materials and manage materials to minimise their impact on the environment. The proposed waste transfer building is relatively small scale, and its operation would not adversely conflict with the existing character of the locality. It would also provide employment.

“The proposed building would only be used for the storage and sorting of wastes and no physical processing operations would take place.”