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Plans for recycling bulking facility revealed

Created on 04/05/2018 @ 11:58
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Plans to turn land near Abermule into a recycling bulking centre and a small business park have entered a pre-planning consultation.

Powys County Council wants to site the recycling bulk facility on the land alongside the A483 road, close to the junction for Abermule, along with six business units.

The bulking facility would become a hub for recycled items collcted from households by the council's own refuse service. The recycling would be packaged and sent on for processing elsewhere in the country.
The council purchased the 1.7 hectare site from the Welsh Government last year. The Welsh Government, and the Welsh Development Agency before that, had planned to build a business park on the land.
Basic infrastructure construction work was carried out several years ago at the site as part of the Severn Valley Regeneration Programme, which was funded by European Regional Development Funding and the Welsh Government.
The council intends to develop the park in a number of phases and wants to provide six business units for local businesses to establish and expand.

If granted planning permission, it is envisaged that construction of the first business unit will start in spring 2019 with the remaining business units being constructed as tenants come forward.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Assets, said: “As part of our vision for Powys, we want to be an open and enterprising council that helps develops a vibrant economy. We decided to develop this well-located site to provide a greater supply of business units as we were aware that there is a lack of suitable accommodation for businesses to expand to within the county.
“We hope that this much needed addition will provide the support for businesses to grow. We further hope that the business park will help attract additional investment, resulting in better quality employment opportunities for local people.”
Part of the business park will be developed for a recycling bulking facility for the materials collected from households. Recyclables will be bulked up at the site before being transported to re-processors.
“It is essential that we have the infrastructure in place to maximise the efficiency of the collection vehicles and ensure the quality of the material we collect as we continue to increase our recycling rates in line with the Welsh Government’s aspirations and targets,” Cllr Davies said.
“We own and operate sites in Brecon and Rhayader but we need a site to serve the north of the county. Abermule Business Park is ideally located between the two main population centres of north Powys.”
The pre-planning consultation will close on Wednesday, May 30 and the pre-planning consultation document will be available to view at Abermule Community Centre during their opening hours for the duration of the consultation.
To view the pre-planning documents online visit which also gives details on how you can make representations on the proposed plans.

Photo: The site at Abermule (Google Streetview)


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