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It is now time to comment as Devon County Council have opened the consultation on the planning application for an Energy from Waste Facility at New England Quarry, between Ivybridge and Plymouth.
The proposals from Viridor Waste Management include treating up to 275,000 tonnes of residual waste per year. It would also include an ash treatment and recycling facility, a landfill for non hazardous waste, a visitor centre, offices, parking and a new access road linking to A38 at Lee Mill.
Everyone now has until 19th April to view and comment on the proposal. Like all planning applications, before any consultation can take place the plans have had to undergo a basic check to ensure all the relevant documentation was included. This is a complex proposal will also be considered by other authorities at the same time as the planning application.
As a result, it is possible that more information will be required from Viridor, which could mean that a fresh round of public consultation is required. This will be advertised in the usual way, and the County Council will post updates on its website to ensure the public are kept informed as the application progresses.
Copies of the full proposal, as submitted, are available online at: www.devon.gov.uk/ and this site will also be used for updates. A hard copy of the initial application is available to view at Ivybridge library and the Town Hall, and copies have also been sent to parish councils in the area.
Members of the public and anyone interested in the proposals can submit their opinions through several routes:
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In writing: Sue Penaluna, Planning Department, Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD
Through the local member, William Mumford: William.email@example.com
For more information on the proposals and the planning process, visit www.devon.gov.uk/