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Victory for local campaigners as plans for recycling facility in Thurleigh refused

Plans for a recycling facility on prime agricultural land at Thurleigh have been turned down by Bedford Borough Council.

At a meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee on Monday 7th November, the planning application for a new Green and Wood Waste Recycling Facility at Coplar Farm, Thurleigh was refused.

The proposed facility on a greenfield site would have resulted in over 200 HGV movements per day, 7 days a week at the site at Milton Road, Thurleigh – that’s one movement every 3 minutes during the working day.

Local campaigners have fought for over two years to prevent this development, and CPRE Bedfordshire were alongside local campaigners “Stop Growing Beds” and Thurleigh and Milton Ernest Parish Councils in objecting to the plans.

A spokesperson for CPRE Bedfordshire said: "This is totally inappropriate for this rural location and we are delighted that Bedford Borough Council have rejected the proposal. We congratulate “Stop Growing Beds” for their dogged determination and intelligent campaigning.

"We had proposed alternative solutions to this waste management issue which would have seen the Wood Waste Facility established on a brownfield site.

"However, we remain very concerned by Bedford Borough Council’s laissez-faire attitude to allowing inappropriate commercial development in the countryside. It is resulting in ever increasing numbers of commercial vehicles transiting through our villages on narrow rural roads."

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