Veolia Environmental Services (VES) has confirmed that it intends to appeal against communities secretary Eric Pickles’ rejection of a call-in enquiry for its 180,000-tonne energy-from-waste facility in Rufford, Nottinghamshire.
VES regional director Steve Mitchell said there were “inconsistencies between the Rufford decision and other recent decisions in which planning was in fact granted for very similar facilities”.
He added: “It’s very important that all stakeholders are aware exactly what the Government expects from companies like ours in the planning process and how best we can work positively through the planning process. In light of this, it makes sense to establish clarity in the Government’s current waste and planning policy. We hope to achieve this through this appeal.”
UK Without Incineration Network co-ordinator Shlomo Dowen told MRW: “The fact that Veolia has lodged a legal challenge does not turn a bad proposal into a good one and it does not turn an unsuitable site into a viable one into an incinerator. But what it does do is waste public money, and the question for Notts County Council is whether it further delays moves towards a sustainable approach to waste management that doesn’t rely on incineration.”