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Veolia looking for alternatives after Hertfordshire rejection

Veolia has said it will develop alternative plans after conceding defeat in plans for an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant at New Barnfield, Hertfordshire.

The original proposals, in conjunction with Hertfordshire County Council, were rejected by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in July last year.

The facility (pictured) would have had an annual capacity of 180,000 tonnes a year and be capable of generating 26.6MW of energy

Eric Pickles, DCLG’s then secretary of state, said he would not allow the construction of such a facility within the green belt area.

In January 2015, Veolia appealed the decision and was successful after a judge found that insufficient regard had been given to the county council’s local plan by the DCLG.

However, in July, the DCLG decided to uphold the original decision although Veolia expressed continuing interest in pursuing the project.

The waste company has now said that it would like to work on another project after being asked to develop an alternative to the EfW plant last year.

A Veolia spokesperson said: “We are is pleased to confirm we have submitted a draft revised project plan to Hertfordshire County Council, in accordance with the terms of our contract, and we remain committed to providing a solution to meet the needs of the authority.

“We will continue to work with the authority as they assess and evaluate our draft alternative solution for Hertfordshire.

“However, following a legal review of the decision made by the secretary of state in July to refuse planning permission for the New Barnfield Recycling & Energy Recovery Facility and after consideration by our board, Veolia will not seek to further challenge that refusal.”

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