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Wiltshire Council is a government authority serving Wiltshire. It is based in Wiltshire, United Kingdom.

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Bythesea Road

Wiltshire, England, BA14 8JN,

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Go-ahead for controversial Wiltshire EfW

Jun 23, 2021

Share Add to Bookmarks Wiltshire Council has given planning consent for Northacre Renewable Energy’s energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Westbury, despite a local MP's call for Whitehall to take over the decision. The planning committee was split seven votes to four on the application, with Liberal Democrat and independent councillors voting against and the Conservative majority in favour, despite a local Tory MP’s vocal opposition to the project . Andrew Murrison, MP for South West Wiltshire, said the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government should ‘call in’ the application to make the decision himself. Northacre already has planning permission for a plant using gasification technology, but wanted a new consent to use conventional moving grate technology instead. It said the £200m plant (pictured) would turn 243,000 tonnes a year of residual waste into enough energy to power 54,000 homes. Director Alex Young said: “There is now an opportunity to build a state-of-the-art facility which addresses the pressing need for a sustainable long-term solution to non-recyclable residual waste in Wiltshire, while delivering vital environmental and economic benefits. “We now look forward to advancing the Environmental Permit determination process and will continue to engage constructively with the Environment Agency (EA), the community and other stakeholders in that process.” Nick Botterill, council cabinet member for planning, hinted that the strategic planning committee had agreed to the project from fear of costly appeals and litigation if it refused. He said: “Planning and legal officers had already made a recommendation of approval as there were no material planning or legal reasons why the application could not be approved on planning grounds. “If the committee had rejected the application, despite the advice from officers, the council would almost certainly been subject to a very costly appeal in the future and the decision likely overturned.” Botterill said the council could not give undue weight to the operational impact of the facility – Murrison had described it as "carbon-belching” – because this would be part of the EA’s permitting process. The secretary of state will now decide whether to call in the application. 2021-06-23

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