Appeal lodged against Hitchin scrapyard High Court ruling

AN APPEAL has been lodged against a High Court ruling which said that no restrictions should be placed on a metal and waste recycling centre.

A High Court appeal, launched by Herts County Council (HCC), was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in January. It was held to see whether restrictions on lorry movements to and from Metal and Waste Recycling Ltd, in Hitchin, should be imposed.

After the appeal was lost, councillors and officers from HCC and North Herts District Council (NHDC) had been holding meetings, discussing options such as creating a lorry park, introducing an overnight ban in surrounding roads, and creating a link road.

But when it received a transcript from the meeting, HCC has also decided that it may have a cause to challenge the High Court ruling.

Richard Thake, HCC Cabinet member for environment, said: “We are disappointed that our efforts to support residents’ concerns over this recycling centre have been dealt a serious blow. We believe that this case represents an important principle in planning law.

“The consequence of the High Court judgment could affect how local planning authorities carry out their role in future, which is why we have decided to challenge the judgment.”

The discussions will still continue between the two councils, as it could take up to a year for the appeal process to get underway.

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NHDC councillor Lisa Courts said: “I was quite surprised there was the chance to appeal, but I’m obviously very pleased. Meanwhile, we’re still looking at pursuing the link road.

“I don’t think Metal and Waste realise that they could alleviate the problem by asking drivers to try and not turn up throughout the night.”

The Comet contacted Metal and Waste Recycling Ltd, but at the time of going to press, it was unavailable for comment.

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