Press Release: WBAGI delighted with the Refusal of the Grundon waste incinerator planning application

PRESS RELEASE

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WBAGI delighted with the Refusal by West Berkshire Council of the Grundon waste incinerator planning application

Friday, 13 April 2012:  Curridge, Berkshire:-

The campaign group, West Berkshire Against Grundon Incinerator (WBAGI), who oppose the proposed building of a waste incinerator by Grundon on a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) at Old Kiln Farm, near Newbury is delighted with the news that West Berkshire Council have refused the planning application sixteen months after the original scoping plan was submitted to West Berkshire Council.

The refusal has been made under delegated powers by the Council’s planning officer and was not required to come before a planning committee.  There were around 3,300 individual letters of objection to the waste incinerator as well as objections from many local Parish Councils, North Wessex Downs AONB, the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE), the MOD, The Secretary of State for Transport and of course our local MP Richard Benyon to name but a few.  The amount of objections to this application was stated by a West Berkshire Council employee as being "unprecedented".

Simon Conington, Chairman of WBAGI stated, "This is a tremendous result.  The fact that this application has been refused under delegated powers clearly demonstrates how far removed the application is from both local and national policy.  To protect the AONB and the environment not only for this but also for future generations, has always been our aim.  The decision is clear. It is heartening to see that the objections raised by local residents were well founded, relevant to the decision and to the protection of the AONB.

Whilst all this is great news for the moment, Grundon’s do of course have an option to appeal the decision within 6 months of this refusal, and we fully expect to see them exercise that right.  At that point the real battle will be on and we will of course ensure the public are kept appraised as things develop.  We need their continued support.  We would however also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the public for their sterling support of WBAGI to date, and ask them to remain alert for updates from us as we are sure, unfortunately, that this is probably not game over yet."

About WBAGI

West Berkshire Against Grundon Incinerator (WBAGI) was formed in response to an initial scoping document submitted to West Berkshire Council by Grundon, ahead of the planning application to build an Energy from Waste incinerator in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Group consists entirely of local residents who share a common concern over the planning  proposal and want to ensure sufficient consideration is taken in the decision making process of such a significant facility.