Eric Pickles was due to decide whether to grant planning permission for the Javelin Park incinerator today, following the Public Inquiry that was held earlier this year. However, instead of providing a decision, a further delay was announced, giving us 3 delays to the decision now.
The letter from Eric Pickles' department received 22/12 can be read here.
GlosVAIN is disappointed that the Secretary of State has not yet reached his decision to reject this appeal. We hope that the democratic decision of the County Planning Committee will be upheld and the overwhelming opposition of the statutory Consultees, other local councils and the people of Gloucestershire will be recognized. There is convincing new evidence that this project is not viable. Newer cheaper technology is coming on line, there is firm proof of overcapacity of waste facilities in the UK and there are new policies to ensure higher recycling and significantly less residual waste in future. An opportunity now exists for all parties to embrace a better strategy. We believe that cheaper and more environmentally sound alternatives are readily available. The County Council Plan B committee has already recommended different technological solutions. We look forward to an outcome that makes best use of existing planning permitted facilities. We need to make creative use of our natural resources for the benefit of our environment and future generations. We await the future decision of the Secretary of State with confidence.