The Secretary of State has refused planning permission for Covanta’s 370,000 tpa incinerator in Cheshire.
While the appeals for the incinerators in Shepshed and Worcestershire were unfortunately allowed this month, the Secretary of State has dismissed the appeal for an incinerator in Middlewich, Cheshire.
The Secretary of State agreed with the Inspector that “there is likely to be an oversupply of such facilities compared to the amount of residual waste available for treatment within the county” and that “due to its scale, height and industrial character, the proposal would have a substantially significant landscape and visual impact within Midpoint 18 and on the countryside around up to 30km distant”, and followed his Inspector’s recommendation to refuse planning permission for a 370ktpa incinerator in Middlewich, Cheshire.
According to the decision letter:
The Secretary of State also considers that the proposal would conflict with the policy aims of Annex E of PPS10 in terms of visual intrusion, nature conservation, traffic and access, and air emissions (as they apply to traffic); as well as concluding that the economic benefits of the appeal proposals have been overstated.
Decision available from: http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/ViewCase.asp?caseid=2129865&coid=2110209