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MVV amends bottom ash facility plans

MVV Environment has amended its plans for a facility to process incinerator bottom ash at Whitecleave Quarry in Devon.

MVV have submitted an updated planning application and environmental statement for the proposed development in Buckfastleigh following changes at the site, which is currently operational.

The plant was refused planning permission last year against council officers’ advice and MVV lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate. This is due to be heard over three weeks, starting in late June.

Last week, soap and fragrance maker Lush gave £5,000 to campaigners opposing the facility as part of an anti-incinerator initiative.

MVV said the plans had been amended to reflect changes to conditions at the site since the original application. These include removal of some woodland, creation of a one traffic way system for site access. The results of monitoring of bat activity and peregrine falcons at the site has also been reflected the revised documents.

The plans are for a materials recycling facility to process around 25,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste per year and a recycling plant to process the ash.

The ash would arise after residual waste from South West Devon has been treated in an Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power plant which MVV is developing at the Royal Naval Base at Devonport.

MVV Environment managing director Paul Carey said: “We are convinced that the proposed development deserves to be given consent. We have updated our plans so that they reflect the current situation at Whitecleave Quarry and give the current picture of what we propose.”

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