Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) unanimously gave the go-ahead in principle on Monday to the Hoddesdon plant, which would be used for all of the county’s waste.
The proposals arose after a similar application in Hatfield was approved by HCC, but subsequently thrown out last year by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
“The proposed site will divert 97% of waste away from landfill, which is good news and at the same time will substantially reduce the emissions associated with our existing waste transport arrangements”
Following a legal challenge, the High Court quashed the decision of the Secretary of State. The application was returned to the Secretary of State who again refused permission. In August 2015 Veolia decided not to pursue any further legal proceedings with respect the New Barnfield site.
In January Veolia submitted its revised plan to develop a new “high efficiency Energy Recovery Facility”. Designed to treat all of Hertfordshire’s residual local authority collected waste, the facility would generate low carbon electricity.
Hertfordshire’s cabinet member for community safety and waste management, Councillor Richard Thake, said: “The proposed site will divert 97% of waste away from landfill, which is good news and at the same time will substantially reduce the emissions associated with our existing waste transport arrangements.
“So as well as providing good value for money for Hertfordshire tax payers, it’s a better environmental choice.
“In an ideal world all waste would be reused or recycled and Hertfordshire’s residents are doing a great job but with current recycling rates around 50 per cent and significant housing growth expected in the county we have to plan for an on-going, value for money and suitable way of disposing of the residual waste we continue to produce.”