Waste sta­tion de­ci­sion will be lo­cal

Sec­re­tary of State de­clines to in­ter­vene in ap­pli­ca­tion for in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment planned for Amer­sham

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Sec­re­tary of State for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Greg Clark, will leave the de­ci­sion on the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a waste trans­fer sta­tion near Amer­sham to lo­cal plan­ners.

The waste trans­fer sta­tion in Lon­don Road would be a site where rub­bish from the south of the county would be sorted be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to a new in­cin­er­a­tor in Calvert, in the north of the county. The Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment con­firmed this week in a let­ter to Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil that the Sec­re­tary of State has de­cided not to call in the ap­pli­ca­tion and is con­tent the ap­pli­ca­tion should be de­ter­mined by the lo­cal plan­ning author­ity.

The cam­paign

group against the pro­posal, the Wasters, are con­cerned about the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences of the trans­fer sta­tion, whether there is a real need for it and the is­sue of an in­crease in traf­fic con­ges­tion and noise.

Chair­man of the group, An­drew Blather­wick, said: “We are very dis­ap­pointed. From our point of view, this makes it even worse. We now have a sit­u­a­tion where the­coun­cil­can­dowhat­ever it wants to do. We are look­ing at our op­tions at the mo­ment and con­sid­er­ing whether a ju­di­cial re­view is ap­pro­pri­ate.”

In May this year, the ap­pli­ca­tion was con­sid­ered by Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil’s De­vel­op­ment Con­trol Com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee in­di­cated it is in sup­port of the ap­pli­ca­tion sub­ject to the out­stand­ing ob­jec­tion from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA) be­ing over­come; the ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing for­warded to the Sec­re­tary of State for his con­sid­er­a­tion; and the de­vel­oper en­ter­ing into a le­gal agree­ment to se­cure the rout­ing of lor­ries. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency later with­drew its ob­jec­tion, sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions, in re­sponse to the ap­pli­cant sub­mit­ting a re­vised drainage plan.

As a re­sult of the Sec­re­tary of State’s de­ci­sion, a le­gal agree­ment se­cur­ing the rout­ing of lor­ries must now be se­cured, fol­low­ing which the Coun­cil’s Head of Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­ment is au­tho­rised to grant con­sent for the pro­posed Waste Trans­fer Sta­tion at Lon­don Road East – which would be sub­ject to more than 60 con­di­tions in to­tal.

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