Covanta Energy has had an amendment to its Brig y Cwm energy-from-waste (EfW) facility rejected by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) on the grounds that it would make the development “substantially different” to the initial application.
The amendment sought to reduce the amount of excavation material cleared from the 750,000 tonne site in Merthyr Tydfil, and therefore from landfill, but would have increased the height of the building.
In a letter to Covanta, the commission said: “The engineering operations (required to raise ground levels) now forming part of the proposed amended application are so significant in themselves (being works that result in physical alteration of the land and therefore comprising development) that the amended application, which now includes such works, cannot reasonably be treated as the same application.”
The letter added that the decision to grant consent for the modified application could “deprive parties entitled to be consulted of the opportunity to express their views and become interested parties”.
In a statement, Covanta Energy managing director Malcolm Chilton said: ““While [the amendment] would have raised the height of the building slightly, it would not have increased the stack height and it would have brought an overall benefit by reducing the amount of construction traffic.
“We strongly believe our original application is robust. We will continue with the application as originally submitted and look forward to the IPC’s examination process continuing.”