The company’s 250,000 tonne capacity facility was refused planning permission by Cambridgeshire County Council last September.
Council officers had recommended it for approval but the planning committee said it felt there was a “need for more sustainable and innovative solutions to county waste”, according to Ely Standard.
In a statement, an Amey spokesperson said the company was “surprised and disappointed” that its planning application was refused.
“Having spent a considerable amount of time reviewing its options, Amey has concluded that an Energy from Waste facility at the Waterbeach Waste Management Park is still the right solution for Cambridgeshire,” Amey said.
“In particular, the proposed location, adjacent to the county’s existing waste disposal facilities, is the most appropriate because all the county’s waste is processed on site currently; providing a unique opportunity for a one-stop waste processing and recycling shop.”
Amey – “Having spent a considerable amount of time reviewing its options, Amey has concluded that an Energy from Waste facility at the Waterbeach Waste Management Park is still the right solution for Cambridgeshire”
It said the proposed facility would help the county increase its recycling rates – which are currently declining – and reduce landfill whilst saving the county money and boosting its environmental credentials.
Amey is also investigating a Combined Heat and Power option for the facility, but that this can only happen if the plant is located at Waterbeach.
“Amey has therefore decided to submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to overturn this decision and is confident that an inspector will support its case.
“Once an inspector has been assigned and the appeal registered, the Planning Inspectorate will write to the Waste Planning Authority requesting they contact all those individuals and
A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said it had not yet received a valid planning appeal from the Planning Inspectorate.
“Once a valid planning appeal has been received, officers will review and respond to the documentation in accordance with the Planning Inspectorate’s Appeal Guidance and will ensure that all statutory parties and interested parties are sent notifications as required,” the council said.