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Campaigners welcome ruling on Cornish incinerator

Campaigners are jubilant over the High Court reversal for planning permission for an incinerator at St Dennis in Cornwall.

The £117m Sita plant would have processed around 240,000 tonnes of household waste a year and provide electricity for 22,000 homes.

Campaigners had concerns that rare species and habitats close to the development would have been put at risk. The High Court judge overturned planning permission saying these factors were not properly considered during the planning application process.

The Cornwall Waste Forum St Dennis Branch (CWFSDB) brought the appeal under Section 288 of the Town and Country Act 1990.

CWFSDB campaigner Charmian Larke said the ruling “was a brilliant moment. There’s a lot of special nature there that’s potentially threatened.”

She and other campaigners were concerned about Liverwort – Marsupella Profunda – a rare plant that grows in the St Austell clay pit area close to the proposed incinerator.

Larke said: “50% of the world’s population of this plant lives within range of the incincerator we contend that the incinerator would make it more difficult for it to reproduce and survive. It’s a really, really rare plant.”

Larke added that the nearby Breney Common and Goss and Tregoss Moor areas were home to the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly and had three special habitats listed under the Habitats Directive.

Both sites are listed as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC).

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