A new combined waste and depot facility could be built on land off Compiegne Way in Bury St Edmunds.
Following an unsuccessful judicial review against Suffolk County Council’s plans to build the Waste Transfer Station at Rougham Hill, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council now plan to investigate whether an alternative site would be a better option for a larger scale project.
The Borough has moved quickly and approved proposals on June 30 to spend up to £100,000 on a project to investigate the feasibility of the site near Compiegne Way, as well as securing an option to purchase the land.
St Edmundsbury will now work together with Suffolk County Council on a project that covers not only relocating the Borough’s depot facility - currently based at Western Way - but also the County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre or HWRC - currently located at Rougham Hill - and the new Waste Transfer Station.
“This is an ambitious and innovative project, even by St Edmundsbury’s own high standards - but it has serious potential,” said Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
“For a start, by co-locating these facilities in one place we would cut the amount of travelling and journeys our vehicles have to cover as well as reducing management and facility costs. That could save hundreds of thousands of taxpayers pounds in the long term.
“On top of that, however, the existing depot land at Western Way would then present opportunities for us to pursue the second phase of our public service village initiative, potentially saving even more while improving our services and enabling more innovative ways of working with our partners.”
Cllr Peter Stevens, Portfolio Holder for Waste and Property said: “We believe the Compiegne Way site has real potential. As part of our grand vision it could lead to a multitude of savings, partnerships and more efficient ways of working, all of which will benefit our services and cut the costs to the taxpayer.”
An initial review of the 16-acre greenfield site at Hollow Road Farm, off Compiegne Way, has concluded that it could be suitable.
Borough Council officers, working alongside Suffolk County Council, will now carry out an extensive feasibility study, including the preparation of a business case.
Preliminary design work will be carried out and the scheme’s costs and savings will be fully calculated. It is likely that this work will take up to six months.
Should the project be deemed feasible, a development brief will be prepared and a planning application will then be submitted early next year, with the Borough Council’s development control committee due to consider the application around the spring.