Scrap metal plant given go-ahead

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PLANS for a metal recycling and processing centre in Blackpool have been passed.

Fylde Coast Metals applied to use a site on Chorley Road, off Mowbray Drive, after withdrawing plans for a centre in Bispham, which received widespread opposition.

Dozens of neighbours objected to the firm’s original plans for a metal processing centre on Bristol Avenue, citing the work caused noise nuisance in a residential area.

Fylde Coast Metals’ new application to process scrap metal and wood on the Blackpool Council-owned Chorley Road site was submitted earlier this year and has now been granted by Blackpool Council.

A spokesman from Blackpool Council’s planning department said: “The proposal has been considered in relation to the Blackpool Local Plan 2001 to 2016 and is in accordance with those policies and there are no other material considerations which weigh sufficiently against the proposal such as to warrant refusal.”

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The proposed opening hours are from 8am until 5pm on Mondays to Fridays and 8am until 1pm on Saturdays.

The centre will receive scrap metal and wood from local tradesmen and contractors. Waste removal and haulage contractors will also use the same facilities to separate metals and wood from their loads.

A statement from Fylde Coast Metals stated: “The site is located in an industrial area supported by local trades and businesses. There is no anticipated environmental issues to prevent the operational activities. Fylde Coast Metals will continue to work closely with the authorities to reduce the illegal activities associated in the metal industry.”

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