Plans for major waste recycling plant win approval

Plans for a major waste recycling plant based on the Drum Industrial Estate have been approved.

The new plant, owned by H.W Martin Waste Ltd and Premier Waste Recycling Ltd, will manage waste and recyclable materials for households and businesses and is expected to secure up to 64 full-time jobs.

The site was previously occupied by Simpson Bros as a haulage depot and includes a purpose-built building and parking.

The ‘change of use’ bid will give a new lease of life to the site by relocating staff to a state-of-the-art waste plant.

The northern part of the site is dedicated as a parking area with three planned demountable buildings aiming to provide a driver’s canteen, training room, washroom and lockers.

The plant will be used for the shredding and sorting of confidential waste, general waste and recyclable materials.

The facility will not accept soils and waste demolition material and won’t be open to the public.

At the planning meeting at Durham County Hall, planning officers said the plans represented a good use of an existing building and they raised no concerns about the site in planning terms.