9th Dec, 2016

Solihull Council set to decide on Meriden recycling plant proposals

Solihull Editorial 6th Jan, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

PLANS to build a recycling plant at Meriden Quarry will go┬ábefore Solihull Council’s planning committee tonight (December 6).

The application for the site off Cornets End Lane, which will be discussed at tonight’s meeting, is recommended for approval subject to a number of conditions.

Those behind the plans say the development, which will be made up of a composting, biomass energy and waste water treatment plant will contribute towards the national and local waste management strategies, objectives and targets.

Not only would it divert 45,000 tonnes of biodegradable waste a year away from landfill – recycling it to compost – but it would also produce 500kw of renewable electricity, making the building self-sufficient for energy and placing no demand on the national

grid.

As well as this it would also bring approximately 200 extra jobs to the area during construction and 20 permanent jobs once it was up and running.

If approved, the scheme will include three weighbridges, a weighbridge office, two car parks, a coach park and an outside learning space as well as a office and education building.

A number of issues have been raised with the proposal including with the impact on the Greenbelt, the landscape and visual impact as well as the affects it would have on traffic.

Neither Berkswell or Meriden Parish Council made objections to the application.