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Swires Farm Henfold Lane new waste application

by Mike Ward on 24 October, 2013

The owners of Swires Farm, Henfold Lane, have submitted another planning application for a windrow composting plant (to process green refuse) on their land. Composting our garden waste locally is of course a good idea in principle and may well save the Council money. The question is whether this site is an appropriate place to do so.

At first glance this scheme looks quite similar to the last one except that the applicant has tried to address the reasons why the last one failed. This time they are planning to use smaller vehicles to import the green waste, and to import less earth and hardcore for the construction of the site. However, if the plan is to compost a similar amount of green waste, residents may have good reason to  fear the potential traffic impact on the narrow lane which is used by walkers, cyclists and horse-riders as well as by motorists.

You can find the planning application on the Mole Valley planning website here and you can find the comments of Friends of Holmwood Common here.

Should you wish to comment on this application, either in support or against, you may either follow this link or you could write to the Chief Planning Officer at Mole Valley District Council, Pippbrook, Dorking and make sure  that you copy it to the Chief Planning Officer at Surrey County Council, County Hall, Kingston-upon-Thames. In all correspondence please quote the application number MO/2013/1382.

Because Mole Valley DC is only a consultee on this application (Surrey County Council is the Planning Authority for waste applications), it will be heard first in Mole Valley. If more than 20 letters of objection to this application are received, this could trigger rights to public speaking at this meeting.


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