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Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff today expressed dismay at the decision of the County Council to approve plans to build a massive incinerator for household rubbish from Worcestershire and Herefordshire despite strong opposition from local people. He has written to the government urging that the decision be overturned.
The council’s planning and regulatory committee held the meeting in County Hall on Tuesday and voted unanimously in favour of the proposal.

Commenting, Peter said,

“This is a very upsetting outcome, not least for the residents of Hartlebury and the surrounding area, who have campaigned tirelessly to have this proposal rejected. I have written to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, urging him to call in this planning decision, to conduct a full inquiry and subsequently to reject the plans. I will continue to fight the proposal on behalf of my constituents”

In his letter to Mr Pickles Peter said,

“The proposed incinerator will be built on green belt land and is, therefore, contrary to locally established planning policies. At a sensitive time for planning in Worcestershire the precedent of building on green belt land is not one that I am content should be allowed to go ahead unchallenged.

“I believe that the plant itself is likely to be contrary to the emerging waste policy of our government. In future years we would not wish to establish in Worcestershire a large facility which may well be contrary to a policy which should aim towards maximum possible levels of recycling as well as waste minimisation.”

Mercia submitted the application in April 2010 and say they have undertaken a thorough consultation programme with the local community. The bid has been through two rounds of consultation, during which WAIL presented a petition of more than 2,000 signatures.


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