Fate of incinerator appeal to be decided by Government's Eric Pickles
LOCAL Government secretary Eric Pickles will make the final decision on Gloucestershire's incinerator, it has been announced.
A public inquiry is to be held into Gloucestershire County Council's decision to refuse plans for a new £500million incinerator at Javelin Park, near Haresfield.
Waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty want to build the plant to deal with Gloucestershire's waste.
Opposition councillors are calling on the county council to vigorously defend the council's decision to refuse.
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Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) said: "I fully support the decision of the planning committee to refuse permission.
"The committee unanimously rejected the planning application. They were concerned about the overbearing impact the incinerator would have on its residential neighbours and the harm it would cause to the natural environment in such lovely part of Gloucestershire.
"It is a pity that UBB feel it necessary to appeal against the planning committee's decision. The county council must employ the strongest team possible to defend the reasons why the planning committee rejected the planning application."
A spokesman for Gloucestershire County council said: "While the Secretary of State will now make the final decision, there will be no change to the current process and an inquiry will still be held."
Javier Peiro, project director for UBB, said: "We believe that the application is in line with all relevant planning policy. Given the recommendation of officers to approve the application, the allocation of the site within the adopted Waste Core Strategy and the clear need for the scheme, we decided to lodge an appeal with the Secretary of State.
"We welcome the Secretary of State's decision to consider the project in context of the Government's climate change and energy policies.
"The proposed facility would divert landfill while generating energy, over half of which would be renewable."