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Information for Waterbeach Waste Recovery Facility. Levitts Field, Waterbeach Waste Management Park, Ely Road

Status: Prevented
Planning Region: East of England
Planning Sub-Region: Cambridgeshire
Operator: AmeyCespa
Capacity: 250,000
Campaign Group(s): Cambridge Without Incineration (CBWIN)
Notes: Proposal announced in August 2017 for an incinerator intended to burn household and commercial waste, primarily LACW. Planning application submitted December 2017 and refused in September 2018 [ref S/3372/17/CW]. In April 2019 it was announced that AmeyCespa had appealed the decision (PINS ref 3225123), and in June 2019 the Secretary of State decided to recover the appeal for their determination [Source]. The inquiry hearings took place between the 5th and the 29th of November 2019, and on the 15th of June 2020 the Secretary of State dismissed the appeal [Source]. It appears that the facility was intended to be a conventional moving grate system incinerator. An environmental permit was issued in September 2020 (EPR/LP3593LM/V009) (Entry updated 2020-10-13)

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