Energy-from-waste plant passed in first commission verdict

Covanta Energy has won development consent for an energy-from-waste plant in Bedfordshire in the first case to be decided by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).

IPC chairman Sir Michael Pitt
IPC chairman Sir Michael Pitt
This afternoon’s verdict decision allows Covanta to proceed with its 65MW resource recovery facility at Rookery South Pit near Stewartby. Covanta’s application was accepted for examination by the IPC on 26 August 2010, meaning that the whole process of determination has taken just over a year. 

IPC chairman Sir Michael Pitt said: "Today the commission has completed its first examination of an application, and done so within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act 2008." Its deadline for deciding the proposal was due to expire on Saturday.

The decision was taken by a  panel of three commissioners – Paul Hudson, Andrew Phillipson and Emrys Parry - appointed to examine the application. They concluded that the proposal would comply with the government’s overarching national policy statement (NPS) on energy policy and NPS EN-3 on renewable energy.

The panel concluded that "none of the adverse impacts of the proposed development that we have identified, including the compulsory acquisition of land and rights, would either individually or taken together, outweigh its benefits".

The decision letter is available here.

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