Since our inspiring and uplifting Annual General Meeting in London at the very end of May UKWIN members have celebrated a number of victories in campaigns to prevent new waste incineration capacity.
On 5th June we learnt of Clean Power Properties’ decision to withdraw their application for a 128,000 tonne per annum pyrolysis-type incinerator at Bridgewater Road, Cross Green, Leeds.
Then, on 16th July, the Secretary of State issued his refusal of Veolia’s proposed New Barnfield incinerator for Hertfordshire. July also saw the withdrawal by Teal Energy of their proposal for an incinerator in Swanscombe, Kent.
The first fortnight in August provided two further victories, with the Planning Inspector dismissing an appeal for an incinerator on Lock Street in St Helen’s on 3rd August, and on 11th August members of Bradford’s Planning Committee unanimously refused permission for an incinerator on Airedale Road, Keighley.
Leeds, West Yorkshire
As UKWIN has pointed out (see article) Clean Power Properties (CPP) appears to be experiencing difficulties progressing their proposed incineration facilities. CPP projects, including those proposed for Willesden Junction (North West London), Micheldever Station (Hampshire), Cwmgwili (South West Wales), Washwood Heath (Birmingham), Brierley Hill (Dudley), and Castleford (West Yorkshire), all appear to have stalled. In May 2012 CPP boasted about their plans for some 16 incineration projects, but to date not a single facility has secured the necessary environmental permit, and there are no signs of any of their proposed facilities being built. In at least one instance (Shelton Road, Corby) CPP has changed the technology that they are proposing to use, raising questions about whether CPP intend to ditch their previously proposed pyrolysis technology altogether.
New Barnfield, Hertfordshire
Veolia’s proposal for a 380,000 tonne per annum incinerator was originally part of a Waste PFI arrangement agreed with Hertfordshire County Council in April 2011. The proposal met with fierce opposition from local residents and groups campaigning for sustainable waste management. In June 2014 the Secretary of State refused Veolia’s application, following a planning inquiry, and in October 2014 the Government withdrew PFI funding from the Hertfordshire waste incinerator project. As the result of a legal challenge, the Secretary of State was forced to reconsider the planning application, and on 16th July 2015 the proposal was rejected once again.
HertsWoW campaigner John Webb commented that: “UKWIN has been our mentor and inspiration throughout the campaign in Hertfordshire for more sustainable means of waste management than a central incinerator plant! Even when there have been many other pressures on the UKWIN team, Shlomo, Josh and colleagues have listened to us, reviewed our ideas and drafts and given us the benefit of their network-wide experience”.
On 27th July 2015, right in the middle of a planning inquiry, Teal Energy withdrew their application for a 250,000 tonne per annum SRF gasification-type incinerator in Swanscombe (see local newspaper article). The proposal would have adversely impacted upon the proposed London Paramount theme park, and the company behind the theme park bought the land that was to be used for the incinerator. Teal Energy have stated an intention to find an alternative site in North Kent, but we hope that they find an alternative business plan instead. Interestingly, during the original planning application, Teal stated that when operating in electricity-only mode the facility would fail to meet the R1 threshold, but when UKWIN submitted evidence regarding the planning implications of this Teal then claimed that they actually thought that the proposal would meet the R1 threshold.
St Helens, Merseyside
As UKWIN explains in a recent article, a Planning Inspector refused permission for a 130,000 tonne per annum gasification-type RDF incinerator proposed for Lock Street in St Helens. UKWIN was actively involved in the Hearing as an Interested Party, and the Inspector agreed with UKWIN and local residents that the facility should be treated as a disposal plant and that no overall need for the proposal had been demonstrated.
Keighley, West Yorshire
The Halton Group’s application for a substantial variation of their existing permission for a 90,000 tonne per annum RDF incinerator on land East of the former gas works on Airedale Road was unanimously refused by Bradford’s Planning Committee on 11th August.