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Biffa's Leicestershire EfW plan turned down again

Plans for a 300,000 tonne a year energy-from-waste plant in Leicestershire have been turned down for the second time.

Leicestershire County Council rejected an application from waste management company Biffa on Monday to build an EfW facility, at Newhurst Quarry, near Shepshed.

The council had already previously rejected a similar application last October to build an EfW facility on the same site. Biffa appealed this application and a public inquiry is due to be held on 8 November.

On Monday, 12 people voted against the application while one person abstained.

A council spokesperson said: “It was turned down in terms of the impact on the surrounding countryside and also the potential impact on the Garendon Estate, a local park of historical significance – it has archeologically interesting buildings in it.”

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