Monday, 29 October 2012

DCC refuses permission for incinerator at New England Quarry - Lee Mill, Devon

The risk to a site and its locality does not end when the minerals have been extracted - as the planning application from Viridor highlights. This was not a proposal for a boating lake or a woodland clearing with picnic area, but a £200 million energy-from-waste plant, with twin 90 metre chimneys, an Incinerator Bottom Ash plant, and landfill anticipated to run until 2043.

Fortunately, this time, the application was refused for its visual impact, the risk to Ancient Woodland in a County Wildlife Site, and access road considerations. Reasons that could equally apply to a quarry at Straitgate Farm.