Plans for a controversial waste incinerator at Allerton Park near Knaresborough have been approved.
At its meeting last night North Yorkshire County Council’s Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee considered the report of the Corporate Director, Business and Environmental Services on AmeyCespa’s planning application for Allerton Waste Recovery Park.
They say that after a long meeting during which the committee heard representations from members of the public, local opposition groups and AmeyCespa, they agreed with the report’s recommendation and voted to approve the application.
North Yorkshire County Council’s Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee also say they agreed with the report’s recommendation that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government should be consulted on the application and the committee’s decision. Adding that it will now be up to the Secretary of State to decide the next stage for the application.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Chris Metcalfe, Executive Member for waste disposal, said:
“Today’s decision means that the county council can begin to finalise the long term waste management contract with AmeyCespa whilst the Secretary of State is reviewing the application.
“It marks the start of us being able to move away from landfilling our waste to a sustainable long term solution which generates green electricity.
“The contract with AmeyCespa will give us over £240million in savings on the costs of doing nothing different with our waste – welcome news indeed in this time of severely reduced council budgets”.
Harrogate and Knaresborough's Andrew Jones has called it a 'setback' but by no means the end of their campaign.
Protestors have long argued the Allerton Park plans would be too big and the technology outdated.
The proposed location of this facility is Allerton Quarry and landfill next to the A1M near Harrogate.