REFUSED - The Grundon Incineration facility planning application is initially refused

The planning application for the Grundon Incinerator has been refused

Friday 13th April 2012

The West Berkshire planning department have confirmed that the planning application, reference number 11/02644/COMIND, submitted by Grundon to build an Incineration facility on AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) land has been refused. The planning department have been contacting members of the public who commented on the application confirming their decision.

The information provided by the West Berkshire planning department is as follows:

"APPLICATION NUMBER: 11/02644/COMIND

PROPOSAL: The construction and development of an Energy from Waste (EfW) facility for the thermal treatment of commercial, industrial and municipal wastes, together with ancillary infrastructure including associated ash processing, storage and air pollution control residue treatment, office accommodation, staff parking area, water attenuation features, gatehouse and weighbridge facilities, landscaping and new habitat creation, and a new access road at Old Kiln Quarry, Chieveley.

SITE: Land North Of Old Kiln Quarry (AKA Osmond's Pightle), Oxford Road, Chieveley, Newbury
I am writing to inform you that the above application has now been determined and it has been REFUSED.

I appreciate that in some instances this decision may not be in accordance with the views you have expressed.  However, your representations were an important part of the determination process and I thank you for taking the time to comment.  The reasons for the decision are contained in the Case Officer’s report and decision notice which may be accessed shortly via the website."

Grundon will have the option to appeal this decision, and have 6 month in which to make their appeal. This is a very positive decision for the area and for the continued protection of the AONB, and one which WBAGI fully supports. Whilst we have every expectation that the decision will be appealed by Grundon and continue to prepare for the ongoing campaign, we feel this initial decision is a strong indicator of what can be achieved with such resounding collective action by the local community.