New plant’s threat to quiet bike route

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The movement to block a new recycling plant being built on prime farmland is growing as a countryside pressure group voices its opposition.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England says the planning application for the Growing Beds plant at Coplar Farm, Thurleigh, outlines a constant flow of commercial vehicles to and from the site.

CPRE Bedfordshire branch spokesman Gerry Sansom said the documents show the site will generate more than 208 vehicle movements per day, seven days a week – one every three minutes – on Milton Road, which is defined as a “quiet route” for cyclists.

He added: “Of these just under 200 will be HGV and other commercial vehicles.”

The application states the new plant will have a green waste composting facility and a wood recycling unit, which under the Minerals and Waste Local Plan can only be built on brownfield sites.

Mr Sansom said the CPRE has written to Bedford Borough Council outlining these main concerns, as well as its concerns over the effect the plant will have on the local environment. It also suggested an alternative brownfield site for the wood recycling plant.

Growing Beds declined to comment.