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Fresh setback for Biffa's EfW plan

Plans for an energy-from-waste plant in Leicestershire look set to be rejected – a year after original proposals were turned down.

The county council rejected an application in October 2010 from waste management firm Biffa for a 300,000 tonne-per-year facility at Newhurst Quarry near Shepshed.

Now the council has published a report recommending that its planning board reject the resubmitted proposals for the plant.

The chief executive of the Development Control and Regulatory Board said the proposal should be rejected as there was “no identifiable overriding or urgent need for the facility that outweighs the unacceptable impact on the countryside”.

It cited the designated Area of Particularly Attractive Countryside; the character of the Charnwood Forest; the character and setting of the listed Garendon Park; and the setting of the listed structures within the Garendon Park.

The board will meet next week to discuss the report.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The vote was 13 against the incinerator and one abstention. This means the previously-rejected application will go to a public inquiry which will start in the first week in November somewhere around Loughborough.

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