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Planning permission refused in Cheshire

Two companies bidding to become the preferred long term solution for Cheshire’s household waste have both had planning permission turned down by Cheshire West and Chester Councillors.

A proposed mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant submitted by waste management firm Viridor was designed to see all of Cheshire’s 200,000-230,000 tonnes of residual waste being treated at the site in Griffiths Road, Northwich.

The other bidder, Resource Recovery Systems (RRS) also had its plans for a waste treatment plant at Wincham turned down.

Both proposals were developed in response to a Cheshire West and Chester Council request to identify an alternative, sustainable waste treatment option for residual household waste. But planning permission has now been refused by the council.

Viridor planning manager Simon Grasby said: “We are clearly disappointed with the decision made by Cheshire West and Chester Council to refuse planning permission for the facility at Lostock. The proposed plans underwent significant consultation efforts and were specifically designed to meet the needs of the Cheshire authorities.”

Virirdor was turned down by seven votes to two because of member concern it would result in over capacity of such plants and the impacts of increased use of Northwich roads.

RRS was refused unanimously because the site was not allocated in the Waste Local Plan, overprovision of waste capacity and detrimental effect on the local community in particular local roads such as the A559.  

A spokesman for Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “We will consider the determinations of the Strategic Planning Committee and its possible implications for the Procurement which aims to provide sustainable technologies to drastically reduce the thousands of tonnes of household waste being sent to landfill each year.”

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