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Incinerator firm to appeal planning refusal over recycling and processing plant

By NeilShaw  |  Posted: October 15, 2012


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MVV is to lodge an appeal against the decision of Devon County Council to refuse planning permission for a recycling and processing plant at Whitecleave Quarry in Buckfastleigh.

The original planning application by MVV included plans for facilities to process the bottom ash from the Energy from Wasteplant currently being built in Plymouth and for a Materials Recycling Facility to process construction and demolition waste.

Paul Carey, managing director of MVV Environment Devonport Limited said: “We have considered our options over the past five months and remain convinced that the Whitecleave Quarry site is the best available. Our lawyers have been in contact with Devon County Council to seek clarification of the Reasons for Refusal prior to making the formal appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.”

In April this year the planning application was recommended for approval by the officers at Devon County Council and none of the technical and statutory consultees objected to the application.

MVV say the measures they propose to manage any dust, noise and traffic will mean that the development will not have a significant adverse impact on residents and the development will be well screened from general view.

MVV have looked at the alternative sites in the Devon Waste Local Plan and say none of the available alternative sites identified are any more suitable than the site in Buckfastleigh.

Whitecleave Quarry is on the A38 dual carriageway, easily accessible from Plymouth.

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  • tsonic  |  October 16 2012, 11:42PM

    strange why are MVV persuing this THEY HAVE SAID MANY A TIME WE HAVE OTHER SITES we can use .So again ask mvv WHERE ARE THEY ?The whole saga so stitched up just hope my children find out the truth in years to come and yes the whole planning saga from Plymouth city council is nothing more than lies from the people who are suppose to support its citzens and the city.Whos signs a deal that will bankurpt a city that cant be never proper business!

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  • mediclad  |  October 15 2012, 7:24PM

    Its kind of funny that we in Plymouth are going to take some of Devon County Councils' waste, yet they dont want the ash in their part of the world, smacks of what is good for the goose, should be good for the gander! They do however have the guts to stand up to MVV, unlike Plymouth City Council.

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  • mrbenn47  |  October 15 2012, 7:15PM

    Must be that they have £400 million to cancel the contract just like TE informed us it would cost Plymouth to rip it up. Seems their councillors have some morals unlike Plymouth's dispicable rabble. Oh but then again maybe they don't know who signed it just like the airport lease

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  • Winstonsmith0  |  October 15 2012, 6:30PM

    Good on you, Devon County Council, for refusing permission. It's about time someone stood up to MVV and just said 'NO'. The people of Plymouth wished their council to do the same but they seemed to lack the necessary backbone or were following instructions from higher up. Burning the rubbish is not an answer - it is just the beginning of a whole new set of problems starting with ash that needs to go to specialist toxic landfill sites, emissions from the ridiculously high chimney that will almost certainly cause premature illnesses and deaths in Devon and Cornwall - and then the remainder of the ash that for some, highly questionable, reason has been deemed as 'inert' when in fact it remains highly reactive and requiring further treatment or restricted use. The same ash that has been the cause of a number of explosions and assorted examples of high levels of pollution where it has been allowed to spill onto the ground or come into contact with cement. Allowing it to be concentrated within a quarry in Buckfastleigh - a small area within a beautiful Devon village, would be the beginning of the end for that village and for what? PROFIT, mostly for another European country whilst the UK flounders financially. Wouldn't any solution based on higher employment, higher recycling and lower pollution have been a better option to start with? MVV were supposed to have all this ash infrastructure in place before they were granted permission to build the incinerator. Will this decision stop the incinerator? Of course not. Unlike the good folk of Buckfastleigh who would be forced to abide by planning rules if they so much as put a brick wrong in a house extension, MVV will continue building and be allowed time to appeal or, if that fails, time to seek another site such as the Viridor incinerator at New England Quarry - since we now appear to need TWO incinerators within 10 miles of each other here, in Devon. A sure way to completely block up what little remaining A38 access to the rest of the UK we might have. Does that not say something about the way this part of Devon is viewed by Central Government and the majority of our own local representatives? Anything west of Exeter appears to be rapidly becoming the UKs dumping ground. Well done Buckfastleigh! You easily put Plymouth to shame. Perhaps a few more in Devon and Cornwall will now stand up and fight.

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