Incinerator can go ahead
10:26am Thursday 29th March 2012 in News
The controversial St Dennis incinerator, which has been subject to fierce planning battles, was given the green light today.
The Government and secretary of state Eric Pickles has won a Court of Appeal challenge today, just months after local residents thought they had succeeded in getting the plans blocked.
The Court of Appeal has confirmed the validity of the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC).
Three judges at the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Carnwath, Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice Moore-Bick have allowed the Government's appeal in an unanimous decision.
Cornwall Council has welcomed the decision. A spokesman said: While we recognise that those who have campaigned against the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre will be unhappy at this judgement, it will enable the Council to take action to tackle the waste crisis facing Cornwall. "As a result of this judgement, which reinstates the planning permission originally granted by the Secretary of State, the council will now be working with SITA to finalise the Revised Project Plan. A report setting out the next stages of the process will be submitted to the council’s cabinet.
SITA UK, the company that will be building the CERC incinerator, said the decision was “extremely good news for Cornwall” and that the county “desperately needs the CERC to be built and operational as soon as possible," because of the lack of landfill space.
The incinerator will burn "residual waste" to produce enough energy to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes, it has been claimed.
Campaigners claim the plan threatens two nearby Special Areas of Conservation, designated by the EU, but Mr Pickles does not agree that there will be an environmental impact.
The Government has won a Court of Appeal challenge against a ruling which quashed its decision to grant planning permission for a £117 million waste incinerator project in Cornwall. At the High Court in London last October, Mr Justice Collins quashed Communities Secretary Eric Pickles's decision to grant permission for the project at St Dennis.