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Shropshire councillors unanimously reject Veolia EfW plans

A unanimous vote by councillors in Shropshire has seen a planning application by Veolia Environmental Services to build a 90,000 tonne-a-year energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Battlefield, North Shrewsbury, blocked.

At a council meeting on 1 September, all 10 councillors voted against the proposal because it was seen as going against the Waste Local Plan for the area. Other objections were raised about health concerns from members of the public and choice of location for the facility.

The facility was expected to cost around £60m to develop, and was designed to treat residual waste from the area as well as some commercial waste. It was expected to generate enough electricity to power around 10,000 homes.

Local campaigners who were against the proposed plans are said to be “delighted” with the result. Safe Waste in Shropshire representative Miriam Walton said: “We don’t need it [the EfW facility]. The council doesn’t need to borrow all those millions of pounds and the council tax payer wouldn’t need to pay it all back with interest. The council needs to save money and here’s how, just don’t build it.”

Veolia Environmental Services is yet to confirm whether it intends to appeal the decision and take it to the public inquiry stage.

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