No public inquiry for Allerton waste recovery Park

wasteIn December 2010 members of North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council awarded a 25 year contract for the management of waste in North Yorkshire and York to AmeyCespa.

At its meeting on 30 October 2012 North Yorkshire County Council’s Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee considered the report of the Corporate Director, Business and Environmental Services on AmeyCespa’s planning application for Allerton Waste Recovery Park and voted to approve the application. They also agreed with the report’s recommendation that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government should be consulted on the application and the committee’s decision.

The technologies include mechanical sorting and reclamation of around 20,000 tonnes per year of recyclable materials left in the waste which arrives at the facility; Anaerobic Digestion (AD) to treat food waste and produce green electricity; and Energy from Waste (incineration). The proposed location for this facility is Allerton Quarry and landfill next to the A1M near Harrogate.

Harrogate Borough Council’s planning committee met on Tuesday 14 February 2012 and  decided to ‘strongly oppose’ plans. Harrogate Council is a consultee on the planning application with the final say being with the North Yorkshire County Council.

North Yorkshire County Council has received notification of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government‘s decision on the Allerton Waste Recovery Park planning application.

The SoS has decided not to hold a Public Inquiry about the proposal. This means that the decision to approve AmeyCespa’s application for the waste treatment facility which was made by the Council’s Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee can be progressed.

The Council will now continue its negotiations on the final contract with AmeyCespa. Council members will then be asked to consider the contract and confirm that the project remains affordable. This is likely to take some weeks or months.

If members agree to go ahead, AmeyCespa can start to build the waste treatment facility. The AWRP is expected to be operational from mid-2016.


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