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DCLG approves controversial landfill extension

The Communities department has given development consent for extra hazardous waste management facilities at a landfill site, despite local opposition.

A new landfill void to the west of the existing Whitemoss site in Skelmersdale (above) will be built for the disposal of hazardous waste and associated development.

About 500 people marched against the plans for the extension, which will have capacity for 150,000 tonnes a year, after it was accepted for examination in January 2014.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “This truly is a sad day for all who have steadfastly fought against the ongoing dumping of hazardous waste, which residents were promised would end 20 years ago, and now face the dumping of hazardous waste for a further 20 years,” the BBC has reported.

The public, statutory consultees and interested parties gave evidence to the examining authority during the six-month examination period before a recommendation by the Planning Inspectorate was made to the then DCLG secretary Eric Pickles in February 2015.

Greg Clark MP

The new secretary of state Greg Clark (right) has now approved the proposal.

The Planning Inspectorate’s chief executive, Simon Ridley said: “The examination, recommendation and decision have been within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.”

“More than 3,000 representations were received and fully considered by the examining authority.”

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