PLANS to build a Waste Technology Park in Huncoat have been given the green light by councillors on Lancashire County Council's Development Control Committee, despite fierce opposition from residents.
The plans include a residual waste transfer building, a recyclate handling plant, a mechanical biological treatment plant, a composting plant and offices as well as an access road, which will cut across Green Belt land.
The plant will be built on the site of the former Huncoat Power Station and land to the west of the A56.
The proposed access road cutting across the Green Belt has attracted strong opposition. As a result, the plan was deferred at the January meeting of the Development Control Committee for other access road options to be explored with the Highways Agency, particularly routes off the M65.
The report, which was agreed on Wednesday, stated that five other options had been explored but were found to be unacceptable for a variety of reasons.
The report also stated: "Very special circumstances have been demonstrated to justify inappropriate development of the access road within Green Belt."
Lancashire County Council had received 308 letters of objection and almost 200 protesters marched on the site to show their opposition to the plans before they were decided.
Objectors have included all of Huncoat's ward councillors, Hyndburn Council's leader Peter Britcliffe and Hyndburn MP Greg Pope.
Huncoat Councillor Brendan Shiel said the plan would make Huncoat "Lancashire's waste capital" and said the proposals had been "bulldozed through" by county councillors, as none of the objectors had been informed that the decision would be taken at the Development Control Committee meeting on Wednesday.
He added: "Everyone in Huncoat is totally against this plan."