De Pol secured planning permission on behalf of Recycling Lives to change the use of 6.2ha of land and buildings on Longridge Road in Preston from a B8 storage & distribution depot to a sui generis use for waste recycling of metal, end of life vehicles and waste electrical items.
Recycling Lives is a registered charity and are a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (sustainable development) recipient which has helped to transform the lives of thousands of recently released prisoners; homeless and out of work individuals and young people by giving them secure jobs, accommodation and training.
In 2015/2016 we worked closely with the client’s Legal Director, local architects, acoustic consultants and the Environment Agency to extend the operational hours of the facility and obtain a Certificate of Lawfulness for the installation of a metal pre-shredder, to increase processing capacity on the client’s Longridge site. Our work involved full consideration of relevant local and national planning policies relating to the proposals; evidence gathering and preparation of supporting documentation, which led Lancashire County Councillors to approve the application.
The Recycling Lives business model has proven so successful that they have asked De Pol to help them with their growing business needs by preparing and submitting subsequent planning applications on variety of sites around Lancashire.