Waste station decision will be local
Secretary of State declines to intervene in application for industrial development planned for Amersham
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.
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.