Plans for a metal recycling facility near Redruth are thrown out by planners
Cornwall planners have thrown out plans for a fourth scrap yard on the outskirts of Redruth.
EMR, the biggest metal recycling company in the country, wanted to build a recycling facility on the United Downs industrial estate, between Carharrack and St Day.
The application prompted a lot of local opposition from residents, parish councils and the three existing scrap yards, who trade within a short distance of each other.
Today, members of Cornwall Council's strategic planning committee went against their own officers' advice and turned down the application.
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They decided by eight votes to one that it was inappropriate use of industrial land.
The site already has planning approval for six industrial units and they felt these would create more employment than the six positions proposed by EMR.
Planners felt the proposed metal recycling centre would have put jobs at the existing scrap yards at risk.
And it would have been off putting to other businesses considering moving to the estate to be near the already approved geothermal energy facility.
Planners decided that facilities as proposed by EMR should be closer to the A30 or other trunk roads.