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UBB to appeal planning refusal for EfW plant at Javelin Park

Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) will appeal against the decision of Gloucestershire County Council to refuse planning permission for the building of an incinerator at Javelin Park.

The plan for the construction of the 190,000 tonne per year incinerator was rejected by the Council’s planning committee in March 2013, ahead of council elections in May and following public opposition.

UBB said that the planning application is in line with all relevant planning policy and should therefore receive planning permission, and that the company remains committed to deliver “the best possible solution” to deal with Gloucestershire’s residual waste, according to a BBC report.

GlosVAIN, a local pressure group, claims that the incinerator would not comply with EU and UK law, that the council had seriously over-estimated future waste requirements and that the economic case for the installation had collapsed following the end of the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS).

Gloucestershire’s Liberal Democrat councillors also opposed the plan. Shortly after the decision of the Conservative-led council to award the contract, they launched a legal challenge against it saying that there were “huge reputational and financial risk” and alternatives to it.

The 25-year, £500m contract was granted to UBB in September 2012 after having been on hold since 2010 following the Government withdrawal of £92m of PFI credits.

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