A high court challenge to plans for an energy from waste plant in Buckinghamshire, which will treat 300,000 tonnes of waste a year, has been rejected.
Two attempts to seek a Judicial Review into the decision to give planning permission for FCC Environment’s proposed facility near Aylesbury have been dismissed by a High Court judge.
Buckinghamshire County Council has already signed the £275 million contract with FCC Environment earlier this month, believing that the legal challenges had no merit.
Planning permission for the scheme in Greatmoor was granted last year.
But campaigners concerned about the environmental impact of the scheme challenged the decision of the council’s development control committee. However the judge ruled that the one of the two challenges had no grounds for application and the other was dismissed on its merits.
Steven Adams, council cabinet member for environment, said that the facility would save the tax payer more than £150m and protect the landscape by reducing landfill.
He said: “I understand that the small number of objectors have strong feelings, but this is a project that has excellent aims and thorough processes that have been exceptionally well pursued and executed by a strong team. Today’s judgement supports that.”
Construction is expected to start later this year with completion in 2015.