Withdrawal of call for wood waste for a site near Framfield

On Wednesday April 13, officers told East Sussex County Council Planning Committee advisers that a call for a bid from Holley Woodshavings to open a timber recycling facility at its premises in the Squires Farm industrial park had been removed.

The appeal had been ongoing for some time, following the council’s denial of the original request in February 2020.

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Sarah Iles, Control and Enforcement Officer, said: “The operator has appealed against the denial of planning permission. We had to have a [appeal] hearing here at County Hall last October.

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“The afternoon before the hearing, the appellant effectively withdrew his appeal, so it didn’t happen.

“We have subsequently monitored the site and the unauthorized use of waste has ceased, so there is no further action pending for us at this site.”

The proposals were originally put forward by Holleys as a way to remove more than 1,000 tonnes of wood waste from its site, which had been left there as a result of an ill-fated third-party company several years earlier.

Although the third party was sued by the Environment Agency for failing to comply with a waste removal notice, the court imposed no obligation on those involved to facilitate the removal of the waste wood.

This left Holley Woodshavings in possession of the timber and (following an enforcement notice from the county council) responsible for its disposal.

The proposed facility, which was in operation before the denial, involved this wood waste being turned into a material for export and later used as animal bedding, particle board and fuel for biomass power plants.

This process required the delivery of new wood waste to the site, but resulted in the recycling and removal of a significant amount of spilled wood.