Shed approval for waste firm

Smelly lorries firm the Leo Group has been granted permission to build another shed at its Swalesmoor Road storage site in Halifax
Smelly lorries firm the Leo Group has been granted permission to build another shed at its Swalesmoor Road storage site in Halifax
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PLANS to build another shed at the controversial Swalesmoor food waste site have been given the green light.

Leo Group Limited plans to build a new 3,781sqm waste transfer facility and reorientate and improve three smaller sheds.

The company made the application following a fire at the site in May which caused extensive damage to buildings on the site.

Residents who live close to the site turned out for the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee and voiced their displeasure at the plans, which will see the doors to the waste facility facing some of their homes.

Marilyn Brichard spoke as agent for the application at the meeting.

She said the waste transfer facility would be large enough to fit lorries inside for emptying.

This, along with the planting of trees on a raised perimeter of the site, would mean most of the odours would be contained.

Mrs Brichard said the improvements would help make things better for local people.

“It will be undercover, which represents a huge improvement,” she said.

“We have set up a local liaison group that has been effective and the improvements overall are continuing to make a difference.”

Bev Barker, spokesperson for the Swalesmoor Action Group, said: “Calderdale Council is our neighbour from hell. It is obvious planning is not about people but money and power.

“Much was made about the liaison group set up by Leo Group.

“We attended and attempted to work with them but Calderdale Council shows them the way in not listening to Bradford residents.”

Leo Group managing director Danny Sawrij said: “Not only are we investing in bricks and mortar in Calderdale, we are investing in people and creating jobs at a time when unemployment is rising.

“For the first time we will be able to unload wagons in buildings, which will lessen any odour issues that occur, benefitting local residents.”

Planning committee members voted unanimously in favour of the application.