Former farmland near Norwich could soon become storage space for the rubbish trucks and bins of a waste disposal firm.

The Old Quarry at 7 Buxton Road, between Spixworth and Hainford, is being eyed by Veolia to be used as a temporary depot for 18 months.

In a planning application submitted to Broadland District Council, the waste company said it wanted to use the site while its current nearby Brookside Vehicle Depot site, also in Buxton Road, is redeveloped.

Veolia said the temporary use of the site would allow it to continue to fulfil its contracts in the local area, with 40 lorries, 30 cars and vans, and a number of plastic wheelie bins.

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It said temporary offices, welfare facilities and toilets would also be built and removed from the site well before the 18 months of use expired.

Lorries are planned to leave the site between 5.30am and 7.30am each morning and return between 12pm and 4.30pm.

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The company said it believed any impact on traffic would be minimal due to the lorries already regularly using the road from the current depot.

Those wishing to comment on the plans have until August 17 and it is hoped a decision will be reached by September 19.

It is understood Veolia would begin using the site when work starts on its existing depot.