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Grundon shocked by Public Inquiry decision

Grundon Waste Management has expressed its surprise and disappointment that its plans for a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at Wingmoor Farm in Gloucestershire will now go to a public enquiry.

The firm had followed advice from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to appeal against the original refusal of planning permission by Gloucestershire County Council to use written representations to the Planning Inspectorate.

But the Planning Inspectorate has now decided to have a public enquiry despite the Waste Planning Authority agreeing that Grundon was taking the best option to keep costs down for everyone, including Gloucestershire county ratepayers.

The planning application was submitted in April 2004 and was rejected by Gloucestershire's planning committee even though it had been recommended by the county's planning officers.

Grundon estates surveyor Paul Wormald said: "We were completely baffled at the time that the members chose to override the decision of their own professional officers for an application on a preferred site in their own Waste Local Plan.

"We are amazed that the Planning Inspectorate now seems to be flying in the face of its own recommended procedures and will be considering our options."

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