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£8Million Waste Site Approved At Bridport

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9:29am 18th January 2014

An £8 million waste management centre has been given the go-ahead in Bridport after twenty years without one.

It will be at Broomhills off the A35, despite locals protesting it will impact on the surrounding Area of Natural beauty and create traffic issues.

Dorset County Council's planning commitee granted planning permission yesterday (17th of January) to the Dorset Waste Partnership to build a combined household recycling centre and waste transfer station west of Bridport.

The County Council say that access to and from the site will be via a new signal-controlled junction on the A35 trunk road, only vehicles turning right out of the site will trigger a red light, with all other vehicle movements using filter lanes to keep traffic flowing. The Highways Agency have approved the design of the junction but added the condition that a reduced 50mph speed limit and speed reducing features be implemented on the A35 between Miles Cross and the Crown Roundabout.

The facility will have a split-level recycling centre and a transfer station where materials collected from West Dorset households will be bulked up before being sent for recycling, treatment or disposal.  At the moment these materials are being transported to transfer stations in the east of the county.

The Broomhills site comprises a redundant nursery and a wetland Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI).  Dorset County Council have said the development will include a landscaping scheme to restore the SNCI and screen planting to help the centre blend into the surrounding Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The design features a 'green roof' canopy to further soften its impact on the landscape, natural building materials, low-level lighting and solar panels to help power the site buildings.

Hilary Cox, Chair of the DWP Joint Committee, told Wessex FM "I am delighted that a positive conclusion has been reached after such a long wait.  The new facility is integral to achieving our long-term vision for transforming waste management in Dorset, increasing recycling and improving efficiency.  It means that people in the west of Dorset will finally get a modern waste facility to meet their current and future needs."

Construction's set to begin on the site next month and it's expected to open in August 2015.

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