Nottinghamshire County Council is expected to approve plans for a new waste management centre to replace an existing site previously damaged by a fire.
The new facility, in the Colwick Industrial Estate, will act as a direct replacement for the existing Freeth Street site managed by contractor Veolia in Nottingham city.
The existing site is part of Veolia’s current network of waste management facilities, but the Freeth Street area is currently earmarked for redevelopment under Nottingham City Council’s Riverside plans.
Planning documents lodged to the county council state the existing Freeth Street site would “conflict” with the city council’s regeneration plans, which in turn would “hinder” the day-to-day operations of the facility.
The Freeth Street site was also damaged by a fire in September 2020, requiring Veolia to demolish half its transfer station structure and “severely constraining” the facility’s wider operations.
It means there is now a need to find a replacement for the facility, which currently receives about 35,000 annual tonnes of residual and recyclable waste from Broxtowe, Gedling, Rushcliffe and the city.
The proposals, recommended for approval by the county council’s planning and rights of way committee on Tuesday, include a new waste transfer building, an odour attenuation unit, office buildings, car parking and a bin storage area.
The new waste transfer station is expected to provide a “strategic bulking point” for up to 125,000 tonnes of waste per year, collected locally from both homes and industrial properties.
The facility will be operational 24 hours a day, with the core hours of operation between 6am and 10pm.
It will be based within the centre of the industrial estate, taking on land on the corner of Private Road 3 and Private Road 5.
The planning document states: “The larger capacity is required to reflect changes to the type and frequency of wastes that will be
required by the Resources and Waste Strategy.
“[This includes] the potential for weekly waste food collections, free green garden waste collections from all properties and additional recyclable collections.
“The specification of the Colwick waste transfer station provides flexibility to accommodate these changes as well as provide the ability for the applicant to develop its commercial offering within Nottinghamshire.”
It adds: “The Colwick waste transfer station would provide a replacement facility for the Freeth Street site, serving as a strategic bulking point for general waste and recyclable materials originating from the Greater Nottingham area.
“Its use would contribute to the overall waste management capacity of the County and provide a modern facility to support sustainable waste management.”
The application has received no objections from Gedling Borough Council, the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, Cadent Gas, Western Power Distribution or the council’s highways department.