A plastic recycling depot in Colwick can continue operating after the planning committee gave full approval today.
The depot, in Colwick Business Park, is already operating, and had applied for retrospective planning permission.
It takes in plastic sheeting which has already been used to cover crops, and processes it to be reused and turned into products such as carrier bags.
But nearby residents lodged a long list of objections with the council after planning permission was applied for.
A total of 31 letters of concern were raised by residents living close by.
These included: the amount of noise the plant makes; dust and plastic particulates being generated, waste flowing into the nearby River Trent, smell and litter; fire risks involved and the visual appearance of the plant.
It is currently surrounded by two shipping containers stacked on top of eachother.
As part of the new planning permission, this will now be increased to three stacked on top of eachother. They will also be painted green so as to stand out less.
A net will also be placed over the site to avoid the risk of litter blowing out.
The plans were approved after a lengthy meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning committee today (Tuesday, January 21).
The recycling company is called Racycle Ltd. No representative from the firm was present at the meeting.
Speaking before the meeting, manager Georgina Allsop said: “Environmentally, it’s a massive, massive turning point to be able to get to this point.
“We’ve worked really closely with the council and the Environment Agency and they all agree that it’s something somebody needs to do; it needs to happen.
“We need the farmers growing the crops and they need this product but they can’t get rid of it.
“The positive effect this has, being able to deal with and process this stuff so it’s not being landfilled, it’s not being buried… it’s not a material that’s going to be broken down, that can be burnt or anything like that.”
She said it was “not a noisy process, it doesn’t smell” and there’s “nothing offensive with it”.
Planning bosses, who have been looking into the plant, recommended that the application be approved.
After hearing more than an hour of evidence form planning bosses, councillors agreed unanimously, and the retrospective planning application was granted, meaning the plant can continue operating.