The state's planning tribunal has overturned a decision made by the City of Launceston council to reject plans to build a waste processing centre at Invermay.
Instead, the project has been given the green light.
Veolia lodged a development application to build a recycling centre at 19-25 Churchill Park Drive, but it was rejected by the council in September for two reasons surrounding noise emissions.
The company appealed the decision and the Resource Management and Planning Tribunal held a two-day hearing in early December, before it handed down a decision on January 6.
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Two grounds for appeal were argued, focusing on the project meeting emissions impacting sensitive uses and attenuation distance requirements.
RMPAT found the grounds of appeal were made and it was satisfied the development complied with the planning scheme. Therefore the council's decision should be set aside and a permit issued to allow the development to begin, subject to 50 conditions.
Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said the council would work to comply with the outcome of the appeal.
"The City of Launceston weighed its refusal of the proposal carefully, but respects the decision handed down by the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal," he said.
"The council notes that additional conditions have been placed on the proponent in terms of noise impacts as part of the tribunal's decision."
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Nearby residents had raised concerns about the project when it was announced, with 58 public representations and a petition with 384 signatures all opposing the development.
An independent planner recommended 50 conditions for the DA to the council, before it was rejected, and those conditions were kept by RMPAT with variations to incorporate more noise mitigation measures.
These included a requirement noise control devices were installed on equipment and vehicles and a six-metre high wall was built to shield the noise of the parking area and departing trucks in the early morning.
Another condition also stated if complaints indicated there was 'an emission of nuisance noise occurring' further measures must be implemented.
The site will operate from 7am-6pm on weekdays and 8am-4pm on Saturdays. However, truck start up and departure is allowed to operate from as early as 4am.
Veolia were contacted for comment.
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