SCAI lobbies councillors as they unanimously object to the WRG Incinerator

Again almost 50 local residents lobbied members of the Vale of the White Horse Development Control Committee as they entered the Guildhall on Monday evening to vote whether to object to the planning application submitted by WRG to Oxfordshire County Council for a huge waste incinerator.

Vale councillors, as consultees to Oxfordshire County Council, voted unanimously to object to the incinerator which WRG propose to build in Sutton Courtenay.

Vale Planning Officer, Geraldine LeCointe, presented a review of the planning application and recommended that the Committee object, raising 7 separate points of objection.

The Committee added five additional points, identifying 12 issues in all; the extra issues raised were:

Objection from Natural England

Need for an independent technical assessment

Fact that Didcot A power station is to be removed between 2010 and 2015, such that the visual impact of the proposed incinerator would be very significantly greater than currently suggested

Need for a review of alternative technologies and their comparative impact on the environment

Need for an independent review of the environmental impact

Representatives of Sutton Courtenay and Appleford Parish Councils both spoke against the application, stating that it is in direct contravention of the Vale’s own Development Plan, and that the critical, Human Health Risk Assessment had been omitted from the application and was thus not available for review by the Vale. (Interestingly, Paul Green of WRG stated that this essential document had now been submitted to Oxfordshire County Council, but not to the Vale.)

The chairman of the Committee raised the not insignificant point that planning permisssion has recently been refused for a small bungalow on the edge of Appleford on the grounds of its impact on the local landscape – infinitesimal in comparison with the proposed 194m long by 55m wide by 95m high incinerator.

Representatives of Sutton Courtenay and Appleford Parish Councils both spoke against the application, stating that it is in direct contravention of the Vale’s own Development Plan, and that the critical, Human Health Risk Assessment had been omitted from the application and was thus not available for review by the Vale. (Interestingly, Paul Green of WRG stated that this essential document had now been submitted to Oxfordshire County Council, but not to the Vale.

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