The High Court has granted a hearing for a case against the Newhaven energy-from-waste (EfW) facility planning application from Veolia Environmental Services.
The Lewes District Friends of the Earth (FOE) group applied for the judicial review because it said the planning committee which looked at the EfW proposal had ignored long term regional recycling targets. It claimed that building the plant would encourage burning waste rather than recycling it, which would undermine recycling targets.
East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council both recycle less than 30% (just under 28.9% and 27% respectively) of their household waste. They both have a target to recycle 60% of their waste by 2025.
FOE head of the legal department and solicitor for the local group Phil Michaels said:
Building the Newhaven incinerator is at complete odds with the regions long term recycling targets and will result in waste being burnt which could and should be recycled.
FOE also said that the plant had generated more public comment than any planning application ever considered by East Sussex and had drawn strong opposition from local residents. More than 15,000 letters of objection against the plant were sent to the council.
Lewes District FOE spokeswoman Alison Walters said: We hope the High Court quashes planning permission for the Newhaven Incinerator and that East Sussex and Brighton and Hove councils focus their efforts on reducing, recycling and composting waste instead.