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SITA Will Appeal Against Cornwall EfW Which Was Thrown Out at Planning Stage

SITA UK has, on September 2 revealed that it plans to lodge an appeal later this month against Cornwall county council’s March 2009 decision to refuse its planning application to build a £100 million, 240,000 tonne-a-year capacity energy-from-waste facility near St Dennis.

The company said that it had received written consent from the council to initiate the appeal proceedings, following March’s initial refusal of the application, which saw 20 out of 22 members of the council’s planning committee voting against the plans (see letsrecycle.com story).

Lodging an appeal means that the final decision on whether or not the plans are given the go-ahead will now be made by the government’s planning inspectorate through a public inquiry, which is expected to be held in the first half of 2010.

The company’s plans to develop the plant, known as the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC), represented the centrepiece of the 30-year PFI-funded waste treatment contract that it signed with Cornwall county council in October 2006 (see letsrecycle.com story).

And the company’s project director, David Buckle, claimed that its proposals to develop the CERC to treat the county’s residual household waste continued to be the best option.

“There is an urgent need for this facility to avoid a waste management crisis and to provide a modern waste management solution for the whole county in which we produce energy from non-recycled waste, rather than landfill it,” he said.

If built, SITA UK has said the CERC would produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes, as well as producing heat which could be provided to local businesses, and in particular the china clay industry.

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