A PLAN to use an industrial building in Grimethorpe as a metal recycling centre has been approved by the council.

Mr A Whittaker has been given permission to extend the building on High Street, Grimethorpe, and use it as a non-ferrous metal recycling centre

The original planning application for the development was refused last year as council planners said they didn't have enough information to make a decision.

The building - which was last used as a fork lift truck training centre - will be split into sections to create separate sorting and processing area for the imported materials, as well as an office, reception and waiting area.

The report submitted to the council's planning board said it will create four jobs. It added: "The facility will handle only very small amount of non -ferrous metal waste totalling 150 tonnes per annum. The materials will be weighed and then sorted into grades and processed, where necessary, within the confines of the building.

"Processing will include shearing copper tubes, stripping copper cable with a cable stripper and bailing copper cylinders. Accordingly the machinery used in the processing will include a shear, a baler, a cable stripper and a forklift truck for handling purposes.

"The only activities which will take place outside the building will be the loading and unloading of waste material. There will be no outside storage of materials."