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Anti-EfW campaigners challenge facility appeal ruling

A campaign group has applied to the Court of Appeal for leave to challenge the rejection of a Statutory Appeal against the construction of a 300,000-tonne energy-from-waste (EfW) incinerator facility.

Oxfordshire County Council originally rejected a planning application for the EfW facility in the Ardley area, which was overturned on appeal by Viridor.

North Oxfordshire campaign group Ardley Against Incinerator (AAI) lodged an appeal in April against the decision to grant planning permission on the basis of the ‘need’ for the facility, but that was rejected in July.

AAI group chair Jon O’Neill told MRW: “When we had the decision, we thought it was potentially the end of the road. We are doing this to challenge the perception that our challenge was ‘thrown out’ when it wasn’t. Also, the deputy QC has left us the opportunity to apply for a right to appeal and that’s not always the case.

“We’ve lodged a written application and, should that be successful, we have the right to appeal. If that is unsuccessful, we are allowed to make an oral appeal.”

O’Neill added: “It means we’ve still got a chance, which is great news for us in the campaign.”

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