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Information for Westmill, Ware (nr. Stevenage)

Status: Prevented
Planning Region: East of England
Planning Sub-Region: Hertfordshire
Operator: Biffa
Capacity: 400,000
Campaign Group(s): Burning Issue Group (BIG)
Notes: In June 2012 Biffa announced that "following feedback from the local community" they intended to abandon plans for an incinerator on the site and instead pursue a "soils repair centre" [Source, Source]. Biffa’s September 2009 proposals were withdrawn and the company stated that they were going to submit their application "later in 2010" [Source]. No application was submitted in 2010 but Biffa stated in April 2011 that they intend to submit the application "sometime in 2011" [Source]. Original proposal was not directed towards household waste: "Our plans are to deal with the non-hazardous waste produced by the thousands of businesses, shops and industry in the area" [Source]. (Entry updated 2012-12-04)

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Please be aware: There is always room for improvement, so please send updates to coordinator@ukwin.org.uk. Existing Incinerator means a facility that is operational or under construction/commissioning. A Potential Incinerator is a facility where there is a proposal for an incinerator (e.g. planning application or planning consent) or other reason to believe an incinerator might be built/proposed in the future. A Prevented Incinerator is something which used to be a proposal or expected incinerator which we do not believe is currently being progressed (e.g. because the project was cancelled, planning permission refused, or years have gone by since the permission was granted without any progress) - in some cases a facility marked as prevented is being progressed without us being aware or is subsequently revived. Capacity is usually the permitted or maximum advertised capacity of the facility.