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RRS overturns Derby planning decision on energy-from-waste plant at High Court

Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS) has successfully appealed Derby City Council’s decision not to grant planning permission for a gasification and mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facility at Sinfin Lane.

The ruling means the letter from the Planning Inspector will be quashed and the case diverted to the Secretary of State to be re-determined.

A statement from RSS, which is owned by Shanks group, said: “The Secretary of State has discretion as to how the appeal is to be determined moving forward and will now seek the views of the major parties on how the appeal should proceed.

“In the meantime we continue to work with both Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council to develop a long term recycling and landfill diversion solution for the region’s waste.”

The process began when RRS submitted a planning application for a 190,000 tonne gasification and MBT facility which was rejected in January 2010 by Derby City Council. RRS then appealed the decision, which was rejected again in 2010. In the decision document, planning inspector Ruth MacKenzie said: “I am concerned that the councils’ commitment to the waste treatment facility, and the facility’s appetite for waste, could divert efforts and resources away from the promotion and encouragement of waste reduction, re-use, and recycling/composting.”

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