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Cardiff incinerator planning process 'fell short'

The planning consultation for a waste incinerator in Cardiff “fell short of what could reasonably be expected of it”, the Welsh Ombudsman has declared.

Peter Tyndall said Cardiff Council was guilty of “maladministration” in its handling of the planning consultation for Viridor’s Trident Park plant.

His report comes after campaigners insisted a more extensive process would have led the council to refuse permission for the energy-from-waste plant.

But the Ombudsman said that despite his findings, it was unlikely significant further objections would have arisen.

“Wide-ranging and detailed objections were made about the application and were properly considered by the council,” he said.

The Ombudsman recommended that the council apologise to the campaigners and review its consultation procedure.

A Cardiff Council spokesman said: “The council fully accepts the findings of the Ombudsman.

“The Ombudsman report states that despite having met and exceeded the statutory requirement for advertising such applications, the council should have used its discretion to consult residents of a tower block over half a kilometre from the site by the placement of a site notice.

“However it is worth noting that the Ombudsman also acknowledged the council received wide ranging and detailed objections that were fully considered in a comprehensive report to the planning committee and that the rare and exceptional nature of the development had led to his conclusions.”

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