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Plans for recycling plant withdrawn

Plans for a recycling plant and waste transfer station in York have been shelved after the intervention of communities secretary Eric Pickles.

City of York Council originally approved Yorwaste’s application for a site at Harewood Whin, near Rufforth, last November despite some opposition in the area.

But Pickles called in the scheme, suspending the planning process.

Yorwaste has now withdrawn the plans and a company spokesman said: “Yorwaste has decided to withdraw its current planning application, which was approved by City of York Council, and we will not be proceeding with the public inquiry requested by the secretary of state.

“We will now be taking time to consider future requirements for waste management and recycling infrastructure before deciding on our next steps.”

Yorwaste, which is owned by North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council, currently holds contracts to process dry recyclables including on behalf of Ryedale, Scarborough, and Redcar & Cleveland borough councils.

York council head of environmental management Martin Grainger said: “Although Yorwaste has withdrawn the application for Harewood Whin, the site remains an important location which is being considered in the emerging Joint Waste and Minerals Plan.”

As reported in York Press, Dan Russell of the Rufforth and Knapton Action Group said: “We hope that Harewood Whin will now be returned to green belt, as per the original planning consent, and that this isn’t the prelude to further attempts to install a permanent facility in an inappropriate location simply because it is cheap for Yorwaste and the council.”

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