Devon

Dartmoor planning row over Proper Job recycling centre

Proper Job
Image caption Proper Job has applied for retrospective planning permission for the selection of buildings it uses

A community recycling centre in Devon says it could be driven out of business because of a planning row with a national park.

Proper Job, based in Chagford, has recycled and sold items for 20 years.

But the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) now says it needs planning permission for the buildings it uses.

The authority says it will consider Proper Job's retrospective planning application in June.

The business currently operates out of several buildings, which it says are in keeping with the small industrial site on which it is situated.

But DNPA has said the scale of the centre must be considered and collections of donations should be restricted to a 10-mile (16km) radius. The amount of goods sold should also be limited, it said.

'Bit of a contradiction'

Proper Job voluntary director Angharad Barlow said: "It [any rejection of application] could close us down and make us financially unviable, which would mean the six local people who work here would lose their jobs.

"It could also have a huge effect on the local community."

She added that the authority had been "very supportive of what we've done in the past".

"It seems a bit of a contradiction."

In a statement, DNPA said the views of Proper Job would be considered as part of the application.

But it said it had to be "mindful of its statutory purpose to conserve and enhance natural beauty and wildlife, promote understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area and, in doing so, consider the socio-economic well being of the local community".

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