CONTROVERSIAL plans to create a tyre recycling plant in Sutterton have been refused by Lincolnshire County Council.
The plans submitted by Envirotyre UK Ltd, which would have seen a new recycling facility created on a former haulage yard at Reed Point, off Spalding Road, were rejected on Monday.
Concerns about the plans had previously been raised by Sutterton parish and Boston borough councils, and residents had also voiced their opinions with a 234-signature petition against it.
Up to 200 tonnes of end-of-life tyres from cars, 4x4s, vans, HGVs and agricultural machinery would have been collected, sorted and baled at the site each week if councillors had given the scheme the go-ahead.
Planning officers had been recommending conditional planning permission be granted, however, the planning and regulation committee decided to go against their advice.
Among their concerns, councillors felt there was potential for fire hazards and contamination of a nearby Anglian Water reservoir.
Fire risk had been one of the residents’ biggest issues, with fears of a possible repeat of a huge fire at an unconnected tyre depot in Kirton in July 2003.
Boston Rural county councillor Michael Brookes, who is also a member of the planning committee, said: “The petition and views of the public were taken into account, along with the fear of fire, contamination, residential amenity and the proximity of dwellings.”
Sutterton Parish Council chairman Coun Vinnie Bush said: “The parish council was approached by residents who loved nearby to the proposed development and other concerned residents in the village and the surrounding area. The parish council hopes they are pleased with the result.”
Envirotyre UK Ltd director Richard King had previously said the firm had “gone to great lengths” to take residents’ concerns on-board.
The reasons for refusal will be formally agreed by the committee on November 28.