Communities secretary blocks Hertfordshire energy-from-waste plant

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has overruled a planning inspector to block permission for an energy-from-waste facility in Hertfordshire, concluding that the scheme’s landscape and visual impacts and highways safety concerns were grounds for refusal.

Waste firm Veolia’s application to build an energy recovery facility at Hoddesdon, Broxbourne, was called in for determination by the secretary of state in February 2018. The proposed facility would have a maximum capacity to accept around 350,000 tonnes per annum of residual waste and local authority collected healthcare waste, to produce energy from incineration.

In a decision letter this week, Brokenshire said that he had decided to refuse planning permission for the development, against the recommendation of planning inspector Jennifer Vyse, who recommended that the scheme be given the go-ahead.

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