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Hopes for a new waste recycling centre in Haverhill take a significant step forward




Ambitions for a new £1.5million recycling centre in Haverhill are progressing after a formal planning application was submitted.

FCC Environment UK Ltd lodged plans earlier this month for a change of use and alterations at the Haverhill Waste Transfer Station in Homefield Road, so that it will act as a combined waste transfer site and recycling centre.

The current household waste recycling site in Chalkstone Way has reached capacity, and Suffolk County Council opted to go with the Homefield Road site rather than attempt to extend it.

An artistic impression of the layout for the proposed new recycling centre in Haverhill. Submitted picture
An artistic impression of the layout for the proposed new recycling centre in Haverhill. Submitted picture

Large housing growth in the area which includes outline permission for 1,150 homes and developer ambitions for 5,000 new homes nearby means a larger recycling centre is needed to meet the growing demand.

Suffolk County Council said a decision on planning permission is due later in the summer.

A council spokesman said: “The public feedback to the new site proposals was very positive.

The Suffolk Waste Transfer Station in Homefield Road, Haverhill. Picture: Google Maps
The Suffolk Waste Transfer Station in Homefield Road, Haverhill. Picture: Google Maps

“People welcomed the proposed development and could see the benefit of relocating to an existing waste site.

"Mainly the removal of steps to access the containers along with better access into the site received the most positive feedback.”

Among the benefits the authority cited were: “A brand new, purpose-designed recycling centre created with site users in mind; a raised mezzanine platform to provide residents with an elevated position from which to safely dispose of waste – removing the need for steps; and an easy-to-use layout allowing residents to access clearly marked recycling bays.”

Haverhill Household Waste Recycling Centre in Chalkstone Way. Picture by Steve Barton
Haverhill Household Waste Recycling Centre in Chalkstone Way. Picture by Steve Barton

It should also reduce the need for queuing on the road, cease facility closures when containers need to be compacted and provide more separation between people emptying their vehicles and large vehicles operating in the area.

The authority confirmed that no design changes were needed as a result of feedback in February’s public consultation.

The £1.5million scheme comes as part of £8m agreed by Suffolk County Council’s cabinet in December which also includes a £6.5m overhaul of Foxhall Recycling Centre near Ipswich.

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