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Aylesbury: Bucks Recycling gets green light from county

By Dan Teuton
11 July 2014
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Bucks Recycling has been given the green light to continue to trade at Westcott Venture Park, having obtained permanent planning permission from Buckinghamshire County Council.

Unlike most business sectors, if you want to work with waste you need planning permission in order to do so.  Established in 2000, Bucks Recycling has spent the past 14 years working to achieve permanent planning consent, which has this month been granted allowing the firm to grow and prosper.

Tricia Murray, managing director at Bucks Recycling, explained: “This is a big deal for us as it means the company now has a more certain future, where as before we were just wondering if we would still be trading in two years from now. We are very excited about the opportunities this presents, gaining this consent has opened doors for us and we are now able to expand, develop and diversify as well as being able to employ our staff on permanent contracts and invest in their on going training and development.”

On moving to Westcott Venture Park in 2011 Bucks Recycling secured a five-year planning consent in order to trade, aware of the complex and lengthy process involved in achieving permission, the firm took no time in submitting its application. Initial concerns regarding noise were abated with an agreed solution to build an acoustic bund in order to shield the noise of Bucks Recycling operations from the village.

Bucks Recycling is now investing heavily in staff training, new equipment and is planning to refurbish its hangar premises including: installing air conditioning in the picking station, sky lights on the roof, new eco efficient lighting, full shot blasting then repainting the exterior of the building.

“We were under a shadow before we achieved planning but can now look to the future and are working to develop the business by focussing on the amount of waste we recycle - doing more with the waste we collect.  We are already making kindling as a product and have plans to create an animal-bedding product for local farmers.  We are also investing a lot of money in training so we have a 50 strong team of qualified people in waste, transport, accounting and management.”

“The news that we can now stay at Westcott has had a huge ripple effect. We’ve hired four extra drivers and everybody is feeling upbeat as they can see we are investing in their personal development as well as the business as a whole” said Murray.

Westcott Venture Park is located between Bicester and Aylesbury and is now home to 71 businesses employing over 400 people and managed by Lambert Smith Hampton. In the past two years Rockspring has invested over £6 million in infrastructure including a new estate road and gatehouse complex, which has opened-up a large amount of land for further development.

A detailed planning application has been submitted for the region’s first speculative warehouse / distribution development for more than five years.
If consent is achieved, owners Rockspring will invest more than £3 million in the development of 45,000 sq ft, which will include a first phase of 24,000 sq ft of accommodation comprising seven units, ranging in size from 2,000 sq ft to 6,000 sq ft.  The development would be set on three acres of the 650-acre site and would appeal to a wide range of businesses. If you would like to find out more about Westcott Venture Park, visit www.westcottventurepark.co.uk