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Delayed Javelin Park EfW to start 'in the summer'

Construction is due to start on the £500m Javelin Park energy-from-waste scheme in Gloucestershire this summer, after a series of legal and other challenges.

Gloucestershire County Council signed a 25-year deal with Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) in 2012 to build the facility at Haresfield, near Gloucester.

The scheme has seen off a number of challenges from local campaigners, Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors, the council’s own planning committee and actor Jeremy Irons.

Javelin Park was given the green light on 10 July 2015 when the High Court rejected a bid by Stroud District Council to halt the development on the grounds that the impact on the landscape had not been properly considered.

In a report to the council’s environment and communities scrutiny committee on 18 May, Nigel Riglar, commissioning director for communities and infrastructure, said the project had now achieved most of its construction environment management plan conditions and was making ”good progress” on one final condition.

He said construction would begin in the summer.

UBB’s construction environment management plan submitted in 2013 as part of a planning appeal outlined a series of “ecological mitigation measures to be implemented during construction works”. These include minimising external lighting at night to reduce the impact on bats.

In November last year, Gloucestershire council agreed to pay £17m to UBB to cover a shortfall incurred by the delays and because UBB had to produce a revised project plan.

The facility is scheduled to come into service in 2019, three years after the original launch date.

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