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Veolia appeals Newport planning refusal

The recycling and waste management giant is appealing against Newport Council’s decision to turn down planning permission for its proposed Energy Recovery Facility in Llanwern.

Newport Council’s planning committee rejected plans for Veolia’s incineration plant on 25 July this year, with eight votes against and one for the new facility. The decision was made despite the council’s planning officers having recommended that the project be approved.

Veolia had said that the Llanwern facility would generate 350 construction jobs during the three year build and then 40 permanent roles once in operation.

However, Veolia’s proposed incinerator has met opposition from local residents, who have campaigned against it on ecological and transport grounds. They also told the South Wales Argus that the incinerator could affect a nearby housing development, turning it into ‘a ghost estate’.

Robert Hunt, Veolia Environmental Services’ Executive Director, said: “We strongly believe that the case for granting of permission has been demonstrated, as reflected in the positive recommendation by the officers of the Council to grant permission and that the facility represents the best solution for the treatment of non-recyclable waste in South Wales.”

The Welsh Government has committed to phase out non-recyclable waste from landfill by 2025. For local authorities, it has set waste targets of: 70% of waste must be recycled and composted, and only 5% go to landfill by 2025.

Hunt said: “At this stage of the process it is not possible to indicate the timing of any appeal but we believe it will take place in the first half of next year.”

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