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17 July 2015, 12:35
A seven year long battle to prevent the building of an incinerator seems to be over in Hatfield.
The site in New Barnfield had seen to-ing and fro-ing for years between planners Veolia and protestors.
MP for Welwyn Hatfield Grant Shapps tweeted earlier:
Cllr John Dean, Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said: "We are very pleased that the Secretary of State has agreed that this site is not suitable for the incinerator.
"The unsuitability of the proposed location in Hatfield has been argued relentlessly by Members, officers and local residents and I would like to thank everyone who got involved and worked tirelessly to show the strength of feeling that existed within the community.
"We have never been opposed in principle to an 'energy from waste' solution to manage the county's waste and will continue to work with our county colleagues to look at more appropriate ways of delivering this."
A copy of the decision letter and inspector's report will be available here.
Veolia's Regional Director for the East Keith McGurk said "Our application to develop a Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility in Hatfield received positive support from Hertfordshire County Council in 2012 when they resolved to grant permission, so after a further three years of deliberation by the Secretary of State this news is very disappointing."
"Veolia's view is that this is exactly the type of waste infrastructure the UK needs."
"This innovative facility would have extracted further recyclable material from Hertfordshire's black bag waste before generating electricity for the national grid by treating what remains. It would have supported both local investment and job creation."
"We will carefully review the details of the decision letter before considering any further action and will continue to work with the local authority as they assess and evaluate our draft alternative solution for Hertfordshire, which was submitted on 7 July."