Veolia has submitted a statutory challenge regarding the Secretary of State, Eric Pickle’s, decision to refuse planning permission for the company’s Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility at New Barnfield.
The 380,000 tonnes-per-year energy-from-waste plant near Hatfield was refused planning permission by Pickles over concerns about the plant’s impact on the Green Belt.
He said the plant, which was originally approved by Hertfordshire county council in 2012, would prevent other treatment capacity from being developed in the area as it would “absorb” a large proportion of the waste generated.
Veolia – “Having studied the Secretary of State’s decision we believe that current policy and law have been misapplied”
DCLG published its decision on the proposals, saying: “Though the site of the proposed building is already developed, the Secretary of State also considers that the building’s very large bulk and visual prominence compared with existing structures would be detrimental to the visual perception of the remaining gap between Hatfield and Welham Green.
“For this reason he considers that the proposed building would be harmful in terms of another of the purposes of the Green Belt – to prevent neighbouring settlements merging into one another.”
A Veolia spokesperson yesterday (18 August) said: “We can confirm that on Thursday 14 August we submitted a statutory challenge to the Secretary of State’s refusal to give planning permission for the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility at New Barnfield.
“Having studied the Secretary of State’s decision we believe that current policy and law have been misapplied.
“We still strongly believe an in-county treatment solution is needed, as his own decision confirms, and we await the outcome of this process.”