A controversial incinerator plan has been thrown out by councillors.
Gloucestershire County Council’s planning committee rejected the Javelin Park energy from waste facility despite a recommendation from its planners to accept it.
The incinerator has provoked strong public protests, and the Conservative controlled council faces elections in May.
Councillors rejected the application after an 11-hour meeting, the local ITV station reported.
Developer Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s project director Javier Peiro said: “UBB is disappointed by the decision… Given the officer support and allocation of the site in the Waste Core Strategy, we are minded to appeal the Planning Committee’s decision and are currently seeking both planning and legal opinions on this.”
The company said the proposed incinerator would have been “entirely consistent with the council’s own recently adopted waste core strategy”, and would have diverted more than 92% of the county’s residual waste from landfill.
Doing so would have saved Gloucestershire some £190m over 25 years, UBB said, and would have created enough electricity to power approximately 25,000 homes.
Protest group Glosvain commissioned an independent report in February, which concluded the incinerator would not comply with EU and UK law, and that the council had seriously over-estimated future waste requirements.
Gloucestershire said at the time that these claims were “simply not true”.
UBB remains contracted to dispose of Gloucestershire’s residual waste and said their priority is to support the county council in delivering an alternative to landfill.