Judge quashes Cheshire waste plant permission

A judge has quashed a Cheshire council's decision to approve plans for a waste transfer and treatment plant, finding that its planning committee members had not been provided with sufficient information by officers to be in a position to 'make up their own minds' about the proposal.

Waste giant Veolia ES (UK) Ltd had sought permission to build a plant capable of processing up to 85,000 tonnes of waste annually on land off Pickerings Road, Widnes. The site was formerly used by a demolition contractor and scrap metal company.

Halton Borough Council granted planning permission for the scheme, allowing a change in the site's use, in January. But in a ruling this week, High Court judge Mrs Justice Lieven has overturned that decision.

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