Alternative site for waste transfer station in Bury St Edmunds as court challenge fails

The household waste recycling centre on Rougham Hill
The household waste recycling centre on Rougham Hill
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A campaign group fighting against the location of a waste transfer station in Bury St Edmunds have lost their high court challenge - but council bosses are now considering an alternative location.

Following a challenge by several residents, a High Court judge ruled that Suffolk County Council’s decision to grant planning permission to build a waste transfer station on Rougham Hill was lawfully made.

St Edmundsbury borough and Suffolk county councils are now investigating whether to build the station on the 16-acre greenfield site at Hollow Road Farm, off Compiegne Way.

The site would also be used to relocate the borough’s depot facility, in Western Way, and the county council’s household waste recycling centre, on Rougham Hill.

The campaign group, which included residents John Corrie, Adrian Williams and Cllr Trevor Beckwith, took the initial Rougham Hill proposal to the High Court claiming the council had failed to take into account plans for 1,250 homes to be built nearby.

In a statement, they said: “Although our judicial review against Suffolk County Council’s plans to build a waste transfer station at Rougham Hill has been unsuccessful, we are very encouraged that St Edmundsbury Borough Council has now released details of their preferred alternative site for the facility.

“It is important to recognise that, without the long delay created by the campaign against the inappropriate Rougham Hill site, Suffolk County Council would have pressed ahead with their original plans and the opportunity would not have existed for the borough council to identify and secure a much better alternative site.”

They thanked those who contributed to the cost of the campaign with donations topping £19,500. Members of the group have paid almost £12,000 in costs to date. They added: “We have made an application for leave to appeal the court’s decision but need to consider our options before going down this route.”

Cllr Jenny Antill, the county’s cabinet member for resource management and waste, said: “Now that this legal challenge is finally over, we will continue to work with St Edmundsbury Borough Council to investigate and evaluate the alternative sites they have proposed. As we have said before, we will consider any alternative proposals based on their merits.”