Recycling production at a quarry in Eversley will increase by five times.
Waste management company R Collard has been given permission to boost production at Warren Heath Recycling Facility site in The Welsh Drive.
The gravel and mineral plant was given the thumbs up by Hampshire County Council’s regulatory committee. MP Sir Gerald Howarth will officially mark the expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 7.
The changes will mean that up to 250,000 tonnes of construction, demolition and excavation waste can be processed each year, instead of the previous limit of 50,000 tonnes.
Eversley Parish Council expressed reservations about the expansion and councillors’ worries about increased traffic remain.
Philip Todd, chairman of the parish council, said: “All vehicles travelling north into Berkshire will have to come into Eversley, so it will affect residents.
“Whether the vehicles go through The Street or Bramshill, these roads are not suitable for heavy high goods vehicles.”
He said that a five-fold increase in heavy goods vehicles associated with this recycling operation would impact on the ‘quality of life of residents’ due to the noise of traffic, safety of pedestrians and impact on conservation areas and listed buildings.
“The council needs to find suitable sites for recycling. Somebody had to suffer, so unfortunately it is us.”
Fellow parish councillor Chris Young echoed Cllr Todd’s opinion.
He said: “I am a little bit disappointed as it will bring in more traffic. It is a concern for us and as a result we have approached R Collard to see if they are prepared to support the 30mph speed limit through the village.
“If we can get them on our side, it will hopefully keep speeds down in Eversley.”
R Collard, established 17 years ago by Robert Collard, has developed as a multidiscipline business, offering demolition, remediation and waste management solutions for contractors and property developers.
Hampshire needs to provide 30 million tonnes of material by 2030 to meet the sand and gravel requirement of 1.56m tonnes per year.
Any future applications for development is now determined on the basis of the policies within the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan, which was adopted in October last year.
Despite objections, the Warren Heath Recycling Facility was considered by the county council as a suitable site to help meet this target.
In a report by Katherine Snell, on behalf of county council planning, she said: “Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan makes provision for development if the nature of the development requires an isolated location in the countryside.
“As the site requires a large amount of land and the scale and nature of the waste processes would not be appropriate near houses or other sensitive receptors, it is considered that the countryside location is acceptable.”
A number of conditions were attached to the approval given last week – no NGVs are allowed to enter or leave the site and no plant or machinery is allowed be operated except between 7.30am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am and 1pm on Saturday.
No work is allowed to take place on Sundays or recognised public holidays.
A spokesman for R Collard said the firm was ‘very pleased’ to have got permission, adding: “This enables us to continue our huge investment in the latest and most environmentally friendly plant and helps us to become a market leader in innovative waste recycling of secondary aggregates.”