Doncaster rubbish dump gets minister’s backing

Doncaster's  Civic Offices.
Doncaster's Civic Offices.

The construction of a controversial rubbish dump is set to start after it was ruled a public inquiry into the development was not needed.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee had granted permission for the authority to build a waste transfer centre in Kirk Sandall, but a final decision rested with the Government.

But now Nick Boles, Secretary of State for Planning, has confirmed he will not order a potentially lengthy public hearing, paving the way for the council to start work.

It comes after nearly 1,100 residents objected to the plans on the grounds of increased traffic and the environmental impact it would have on the area.

Ken Manning, 69, of Rainford Square, Kirk Sandall, wrote to Mr Boles asking him to call in the application.

He added: “If they had decided to call it in and still came to the same decision as the council we would have felt like they were listening.

“But deciding against it all together, just makes me feel like that what communities want doesn’t matter.”

Up to 185,000 tonnes of household rubbish will be delivered to the centre in Sandall Stones Road each year before being processed and sent to another plant in Rotherham. Up to 215 lorries a day are due to drop off refuse at the site which may also deal with clinical waste.

The Government said Mr Boles ruled against a public inquiry because he believed the application should be ‘determined by the local planning authority’.

Coun Christine Mills, cabinet member for environment, said the plant will cut the borough’s ‘reliance’ on sending rubbish to landfill by ‘over 90 per cent,’ saving taxpayers’ money.