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Plans to make Aldermaston Recycling waste plant 600 per cent bigger

Plans to increase the size of a waste plant in Aldermaston by 600 per cent have been submitted.

Developers have put in a scoping request to West Berkshire Council ahead of submitting a formal application to figure out how it needs to respond to environmental concerns.

The aim of an Environmental Impact Assessment is also to ensure that the public are given early and effective opportunities to participate in the decision making procedures.

The existing waste processing facility has planning consent to process 25,000tpa. This planning application seeks an additional 150,000tpa, totalling 175,000tpa.

The owners of the site, Aldermaston Recycling Ltd, wants to put in two new waste recycling and processing shelters, one office block and welfare facilities and car and HGV parking including electric charging points.

Natural England has said that the proposed development has the potential to cause "significant effects" on designated nature conservations sites, including Wasing Wood Ponds SSSI and West Meadow, and Pamber Forest and Silchester Common SSSI.

The council has also noted that given the scale of the proposal and proximity to AWE, there is also the potential for significant effects in terms of vulnerability to major accidents and/or disasters.

In addition, vehicle movements to and from the site are proposed to increase significantly - up to 90 per cent for HGV and up to 114 per cent for LGVs. The existing access is via Paices Hill.

“Therefore, there is also potential for significant impact on the local road network, as well as transboundary impacts as the site is close to the Hampshire border, with at least 50 per cent of traffic to/from the site estimated to travel into/from Hampshire,” said the council.

Aldermaston Recycling Ltd is part of a group which operates from a number of sites, servicing West London and counties along the M4 corridor.

Services include skip hire, tipper hire, grab and collect hire and fly-tipping removal – which includes construction and demolition waste removal, rubbish clearance, muck-away, concrete-away and non-hazardous waste removals.

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