VIDEO: Permission for soil recycling site in North Bersted is refused.

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PLANS for a soil recycling site next to a cemetery in North Bersted have been quashed.

GR Ayling Skip Hire wanted permission to use land at Chalcroft Nurseries, off Chalcraft Lane, to sort waste into soil and hardcore for re-use.

But its application was unanimously rejected by West Sussex County Council’s planning committee.

It agreed the application lacked information and would have an unacceptable visual impact on the character of the area.

Council planner Chris Bartlett told Tuesday’s meeting objections from Arun District Council, Bersted Parish Council and residents had been received.

He recommended the plan should be rejected. “The benefit in allowing this application would only be minor. There is insufficient information submitted in the plans and it would have an unacceptable impact on amenities,” he said.

Local residents also spoke out at the meeting as well as Arun District Council’s Bersted ward member Ann Smee and Simon McDougall West Sussex county councillor and district ward member for the area.

For the full story see the Bognor Regis Observer out tomorrow (Thursday, February 8)