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Biffa’s Swansea EfW plans blocked by council

Swansea Council’s planning committee has rejected plans from waste management company Biffa to build an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in its suburbs.

Plans for the Llansamlet site have attracted fierce local opposition, with more than 2,500 letters sent in urging the council to oppose it, amid concerns on air quality, during the public consultation.

This planning committee meeting was well attended by members of the public. The BBC reported that Extinction Rebellion activists staged a protest against the EfW plans outside a Biffa premises in the morning, and the decision by the council to refuse the proposal was unanimous.

The council’s pollution control division was reported as saying that the plant would not have “any significant impacts” on the environment or human health. Originally council planning officers recommended that the plans be approved.

The proposed site would have created 10 construction jobs and 15 full-time jobs, processing 21,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste that would otherwise go to landfill in Merthyr Tydfil.

A spokesperson from Biffa said: “We are disappointed with today’s decision and will be reviewing our position and next steps over the coming days.”

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