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Company to fight Oxfordshire incinerator refusal

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The plans had attracted opposition from campaigners

A company that wants to build an incinerator in Oxfordshire has said it will appeal against a decision to refuse planning permission.

Viridor wants to build the energy from waste (EfW) plant at Ardley. Oxfordshire county councillors turned down the plan in October 2009.

Robert Ryan, project manager at Viridor, said: "I think we've got a very strong case.

"Planning officers' recommendation was to approve this case, not to refuse."

Viridor is now planning to urge the Planning Inspectorate to intervene.

'Poor decision'

Mr Ryan said: "It's just that the committee got out of the wrong side of bed that day.

"The day itself was very difficult for members, it was very emotional and highly charged, and we felt they made a poor decision as a result.

"The long term costs [of refusal] are far worse to the environment and to the purse of Oxfordshire council if this project doesn't go ahead."

A separate incinerator for Sutton Courtenay was also refused planning permission.

Councillors voting against the plans said the benefits of a waste disposal site did not outweigh the cost to the environment.

Oxfordshire County Council aims to incinerate about 300,000 tonnes of waste a year and increase the amount it recycles - currently 47% - to at least 55% annually.

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