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Ipswich: Councils go head to head over scrap yard’s plans for new recycling centre

PUBLISHED: 11:32 06 December 2012

Proposed development site in Great Whip Street, Ipswich

Proposed development site in Great Whip Street, Ipswich

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TWO councils are preparing for a real scrap over the future of a recycling centre.

Whip Street Motors wants to develop a new metal recycling centre on the opposite side of the road from its current yard on the west bank of the Orwell.

Because the application involves a recycling centre, it will be decided by Suffolk County Council and not the borough.

The new site would be much larger than its existing yard – and there would be a legal agreement to say the existing site would be closed.

The county council’s planning officers are recommending that its development control committee gives planning permission for the development when it meets on December 18.

They point out that there would be stringent conditions to govern the hours the site could work and the noise that it would be allowed to generate – and say that the proposal is in accordance with national planning policy and the local development plan.

However the borough council is objecting to the proposal – and is backed in its objection by developers who are hoping to build new homes on the other side of Great Whip Street.

The borough says the land is earmarked for housing, and having a large recycling centre so near homes would be unacceptable.

Whip Street Motors also has a larger centre at Paper Mill Lane in Claydon.

The Orwell Bridge is expected to close for the third time this winter as high winds are forecast again on Wednesday night.

A mentally-ill Bury St Edmunds man accused of killing a 57-year-old man by stabbing him multiple times has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Essex Wildlife Trust has responded to reports that a black panther has been sighted in a rural village in the county.

Suffolk Day will take place on Thursday, June 21, this year - we asked people in Ipswich their favourite thing about Suffolk.

Feeling safe on the streets, career prospects and retirement plans are among the top concerns for women in Suffolk and Essex, a survey reveals.

Proposals to build a new multi-million pound rail depot on the Suffolk/Essex border at Brantham near Manningtree are being reconsidered by Greater Anglia.

A crash between a van and a car this morning has closed a rural Suffolk road.

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