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MVV to appeal Devon MRF decision

MVV Environment Devonport is to appeal the refusal of planning permission for an MRF in Devon.

MVV wants to build an MRF and processing plant to process construction and demolition waste as well as bottom ash from the energy from waste plant being built in Plymouth.

However, Devon County Council rejected planning permission for the facility at Whitecleave Quarry in Buckfastleigh in April. MVV Environment Devonport has decided to lodge an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate against the decision.

The application had been recommended for approval by council officers without objection from any of the technical and statutory consultees, MVV says. The company insists that none of the alternative sites in the Devon Waste Local Plan are more suitable.

MVV Environment Devonport managing director Paul Carey said: “We have considered our options over the past five months and remain convinced that the Whitecleave Quarry site is the best available.”

He added that the firm was seeking clarification from Devon County Council about the reasons for refusal prior to making the formal appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

If MVV succeeds, construction of the MRF will take up to six months, with the IBA facility built afterwards to start working by 2014, when the Plymouth EfW plant becomes operational.

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