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Cheshire EfW rejected by minister

Plans by Covanta to build a 370,000 tonne capacity Energy from Waste (EfW) incinerator 500m from a town centre have been rejected by the Government.

Communities’ secretary Eric Pickles threw out the plans rejecting appeals by Covanta against the decision by Cheshire East Council to refuse planning permission.

The decision follows a public inquiry launched in March 2011.

Pickles said the planned facility would conflict with Government policy aims “in terms of visual intrusion, nature conservation, traffic and access, and air emissions (as they apply to traffic); as well as concluding that the economic benefits of the appeal proposals have been overstated”.

The council originally rejected the £200m plans in April 2010 but the US EfW giant appealed.

Cheshire Anti Incinerator Network said in a statement: “This is very clearly a victory for the people of Middlewich.

It added: “Covanta still have the right of further appeal however having been told ‘no’ by local residents, the town council, the county council, the Inquiry inspector and now the Secretary of State, to pursue this any further would surely be pointless.”

Malcolm Chilton managing director at Covanta Energy said: “We are disappointed that the Secretary of State has decided to refuse planning permission for our proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) facility at the Midpoint 18 Business Park in Middlewich. We are reviewing the decision to inform our options as to how to proceed.”

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