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Green light for new £2.75m Norwich North recycling centre

05 June 2020

Councillors have today (Friday 5 June) approved plans for a new £2.75m recycling centre for Norwich. The brand-new site, on land off the A140/A1270 junction near the airport, is set to feature the county’s largest reuse shop.

The decision by the county council’s planning regulatory committee means that plans remain on track for the new site to be up and running, and ready to replace the Mile Cross recycling centre, in 2021.

Design of the site has been shaped by local people – in June 2018 a survey asked people what they would like to see in a new recycling centre, and that feedback was used to inform the design of the site. People were then asked for their thoughts on the design in Nov/Dec 2019. A formal planning consultation then took place in February/March 2020.

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “Starting from scratch on a large new site was a great opportunity to provide a recycling centre that meets people’s needs both now and in the future. People wanted easy access bins, smooth traffic flow through the site, plenty of parking and a reuse shop, so this is what we’ve done.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the team for keeping this important project on track despite the extra pressures brought by coronavirus, and I look forward to construction work starting on the site this autumn.”

Now the new recycling centre has planning approval the next step will be to ensure the planning conditions are met before construction of the recycling centre gets underway in autumn 2020. The first stage of construction will be for the 0.4km access road to be built leading from the A140/A1270 roundabout to the new recycling centre.

See the papers for the Planning (Regulatory) Committee

Other upcoming recycling centre improvements

A new larger modern recycling centre at Harford to replace the current site at Ketteringham. This site would complement the new Norwich North recycling centre. A consultation ran earlier this year on draft plans to allow people to give their views, and for those to be taken into account, before a formal planning application is made this summer.

  • A new recycling centre for Wymondham by 2022. The current Wymondham Recycling Centre is very small with a single-track access road and due to proposed housing growth around Wymondham and Attleborough, we’re proposing to build a bigger site that is more accessible
  • Improvements to the sites at Sheringham and Morningthorpe by 2022 to increase the size of these sites, or relocate them, to improve recycling and access onto these popular recycling centres

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