Balfour Beatty Waste Plant Denied Planning Permission

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Balfour Beatty’s proposed £500m Gloucestershire waste incinerator has had its planning application was rejected, putting a hold on its plans.

18 Gloucestershire County councillors voted unanimously to reject the plans for a new energy-from-waste plant at Javelin Park in Haresfield.

Reasons for the rejection were reportedly problems with the visual impact of the structure on the surrounding Severn Vale landscape.

The council signed a deal last September with the Urbaser Balfour Beatty consortium to build and operate the plant, which has faced a wave of local opposition.

Stan Waddington – “The county council is committed to delivering an alternative to landfill and we understand that UBB is reviewing the best way forward.”

Javier Peiro, a director of Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB), told the BBC: “We strongly believe there is a need. We believe this is the right solution, the right size, the right location, and supported by so many policies, fundamentally the waste core strategy.”

Councillor Stan Waddington, council champion for the waste project, said: “I am disappointed with today’s decision. The county council is committed to delivering an alternative to landfill and we understand that UBB is reviewing the best way forward.”

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