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North Yorkshire Waste Incinerator Fight Goes to High Court

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9:11am 2nd April 2013

Opponents of a new waste incinerator at Allerton Park want a judge to reverse planning permission.

Campaigners are putting in legal papers today.

Last month, the Government removed private sector cash for the plant which was a blow to the project.

North Yorkshire Waste Action Group, hopes a judicial review could stop the whole scheme:

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Waste Action Group said: “Local people are really determined to fight this plan. The Government’s decision to withdraw Private Finance Initiative funding because they agreed the scheme is completely unnecessary was a great boost to the campaign. But it is vitally important to try to over-turn the planning permission because – if alternative funding can be identified – the scheme could still go ahead.

“It will be expensive to fight this case but the money we need in future is less than we have already raised to get this far.

“We are confident we can achieve the necessary fund-raising, because people increasingly realise just how ludicrously expensive and unnecessary this scheme is: a few pounds now will save households the thousands in the higher rates bills they would face if this scheme was to go ahead.”

North Yorkshire County Council says it's followed the right procedures and will defend its decisions in court. They say that they have received a formal communication from solicitors acting for objectors to the application informing them of their intention to request a judicial review of the decision to award planning permission to the AWRP project.

North Yorkshire County Council says planning permission was granted after going through due process and that they received confirmation from the Secretary of State on 30 January 2013 that the application should be determined at the local level and would not be ‘called in’.  The grounds of the judicial review have not yet been set out but the County Council expects to defend any claim robustly, say the council.

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