UPDATE ON CAMPAIGN AGAINST INCINERATOR
DECISION ON PLANNING APPLICATION BY JULY 16TH
The Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Govt is now re-determining Veolia’s Planning Application to build an incinerator at New Barnfield. The decision will be made on or before July 16th.
There is a new Sec of State at the DCLG (Eric Pickles has been replaced by Greg Clark) , but of course the planning officer at the DCLG who has been dealing with the detail of the New Barnfield case is still dealing with it.
The planning application is being re-determined as a result of the success in Jan 2015 of Veolia’s legal challenge to the decision against the planning application made by the Sec of State in July 2014.
The parties who made representations to the 2013 Public Inquiry into the Planning Application have now made further representations, followed by rebuttals of the representations made by opposing parties. The parties are Herts County Council and Veolia for the incinerator; and New Barnfield Action Fund, Gascoyne Cecil Estates (Hatfield House), Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Welwyn/Hatfield Friends of the Earth/Herts Without Waste, and Historic England (formerly English Heritage) against the incinerator.
Some legal costs have been incurred by NBAF in making their further representations, and donations would be welcomed (to New Barnfield Action Fund, via Treasurer Neil Robinson c/o Maynard House, Hatfield).
Meanwhile, Herts County Council has said that they will consider three options: an incinerator at New Barnfield if it gets planning permission, an alternative plan from Veolia (which they have until early July to submit), or to break the contract with Veolia and use other waste management solutions. HCC have said they will decide by the end of 2015.
Paul Zukowskyj, Secretary of New Barnfield Action Fund, said, “We know we have very strong grounds for the Secretary of State to reject the incinerator plan for a second time. The residents of Hatfield and Welham Green have had this hanging over them for way too long and we look forward to the SoS finally throwing out this abominable plan."
Cathy Roe, Secretary of Hatfield Against Incineration, said, “We are very optimistic that Veolia’s Planning Application will again be turned down, and we are also optimistic that HCC will adopt alternative methods of waste management that are much better than an incinerator at New Barnfield.”