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Planning application for new £1.9m Norwich South recycling centre opens for feedback

23 July 2020

An important milestone in the project to build a new larger modern recycling centre to the south of Norwich, to replace the current site at Ketteringham, has been reached as the planning application opens for comment today, Thursday, 23 July.

The new Norwich South recycling centre would complement the planned new Norwich North recycling centre, which already has planning approval and will replace the current Mile Cross recycling centre in 2021.

Should the Norwich South plans get the go ahead a recycling centre would be built on an underused part of the Harford park and ride site using available spare space.

Cllr Andy Grant, Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Waste, said: “I’m very grateful to everyone who took the time to let us know their thoughts on our plans earlier this year as this helped us to shape the scheme that we’re now seeking planning permission for. The £1.9m site is a significant and vital investment in making sure that we are providing a service fit for the future and that can meet the needs of a growing population.”

Feedback from a consultation* on initial designs, which ran from 17 February to 30 March this year, has helped shape the plans for the Norwich South site. As at the Norwich North site, there would be low-level bins meaning people will not have to climb steps to recycle their waste. The design incorporates plenty of parking for cars, bicycles and vehicles with trailers, and a one-way traffic system to smooth traffic flow and reduce queues. Both the Norwich North and Norwich South sites are at locations with good transport links to make them accessible to as many people as possible in the growing Norwich area.

Bargain hunters will also benefit from a new large reuse shop, which will be 8 times the size of the current one at Ketteringham. The popular reuse shops are now an important feature at 14 recycling centres across the county as each existing Norfolk County Council reuse shop stops on average 100 tonnes of reusable items being thrown away every year.

The planning application is open for feedback from 23 July 2020 to 13 August 2020. Find out more and respond to the planning application. The planning reference number is: FUL/2020/0040.

Further information

* Feedback from the consultation led to some adjustments to the initial design for the recycling centre layout. The internal road was widened to two lanes, an additional disabled parking bay was added near the main waste containers and changes to the layout were made to ensure pedestrians would not need to cross any roadways on site to access bins and containers.

Other recycling centre improvements

  • Norfolk has been expanding its network of reuse shops with 14 now at recycling centres across the county. The reuse shop at the new Norwich North recycling centre will be the largest in the county
  • 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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