BCB Environmental Management is appealing against North Yorkshire County Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for an energy-from-waste plant just outside Tockwith, near York.
The hazardous waste handling specialist initially submitted plans for the facility in 2008, but pulled the planning application to revise and modernise certain details about the proposal. A fresh application was submitted in April 2009 but the local authority denied planning permission in December.
Expert in environmental, planning and energy law Stephen Tromans QC will represent BCB during the appeal process.
BCB managing director Phil Boardman said: “We believe that North Yorkshire council’s decision last year was unreasonable and demonstrated a complete lack of moral courage and leadership, being unduly influenced by political considerations.
“We are encouraged that our view is supported by the opinion of one of Britain’s top planning lawyers, and believe that common sense and an impartial interpretation of the law will ultimately prevail.”
The council declined to comment on the appeal.
The planned facility uses advanced thermal treatment technology, which combines gasification and oxidation to break down and destroy the waste while producing electricity. The £24m facility would recover 60,000 tonnes of hazardous and household waste to produce enough electricity to power 10,000 homes.