The public inquiry into a £117m energy recovery centre planned for Cornwall has resumed this week.
The inquiry relates to a plan submitted by SITA UK to build the Cornwall energy recovery centre (CERC), including an incinerator with a 390ft chimney, at St Dennis, near St Austell.
Cornwall Council rejected a planning application in March last year on the grounds of visual impact, noise, and inadequate consideration of alternatives prompting a public inquiry which began on March 16 this year.
After a break in proceedings, thought to be due to availability of the planning inspector, the inquiry resumed on Tuesday July 13 to consider the possible impacts that the development may have on traffic and town planning.
Final submissions of evidence will be made to the inquiry on 28, 29 and 30 July before the inspector will be given time to prepare his report, due to be presented to the Secretary of State in November.
The plans to build the incinerator faces a campaign of opposition from local residents who have formed the St Dennis Anti-Incinerator Group (STIG), which hopes to encourage the council to investigate alternative forms of waste disposal.
Commenting on the inquiry, SITA project director David Buckle said: “The Public Inquiry has been a very thorough process, examining every element of the plans for the CERC. The evidence given has demonstrated that action is urgently needed to help Cornwall overcome its looming waste crisis.
“We are confident that the inspector will recognise the benefit that the CERC would bring and that it would be an appropriate solution to the county’s waste problems. Our long-term ambition is to put waste to good use, to generate power for homes and businesses and to supply heat to nearby industry.
“The inquiry has not been presented with a better, more deliverable solution than the CERC.”