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NYCC rejects objections to planned incinerator

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12:02am 1st February 2012
(Updated 6:27am 1st February 2012)

Objectors to the proposed massive incinerator at Allerton Park were furious today (Tuesday 31st January 2012) to discover that North Yorkshire County Council has imposed a limit on the size of objections that can be received.

North Yorkshire Waste Action Group (NYWAG) and Parish Councils surrounding the proposed incinerator at Allerton Park near Knaresborough have been working for weeks to prepare detailed objections to the plans. Specialist studies have been commissioned from consultancies and many local people have been working intensely to prepare the case against aspects of the plan as well as conducting their own research such as traffic surveys and preparing visual impressions of how the proposed plant will impact on the landscape.

Steve Wright, chairman of NYWAG, said:

"Amey Cespa's planning application runs to thousands of pages and is so big and so flawed in so many respects that it required very detailed analysis to challenge their claims. We were originally given three weeks to reply to it and finally managed to get the deadline for objections extended from 16 December 2011 to the end of this month.

"Now we find North Yorkshire County Council - who are both partners with Amey Cespa in this application and the authority that will decide the planning application if it is not called in by the Secretary of State to be heard by an independent inspector - has imposed a 10 megabyte limit on the size of objections the website will accept, so it rejected our submissions."

Objectors are now hurriedly dividing their case into a series of smaller submissions in order not to miss the deadline for objections and sending them piecemeal into the NYCC website.

"It feels like at every turn North Yorkshire County Council is making it as difficult as possible for the case against this deeply flawed plan to get a fair hearing," said Mr Wright. "If this is any indication of the council's approach to actually determining the application, it serves to re-emphasise that it should not be left in their hands but decided at a planning inquiry by an independent inspector."

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