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Firm appeals over North Yorkshire incinerator refusal

26 April 10 19:32 GMT

A company which was refused permission to build an incinerator in a North Yorkshire village is to appeal.

North Yorkshire County Council rejected BCB Environmental Management's plans for a £23m plant in Tockwith last year.

Hundreds of people had fought against the plans, claiming the plant would pose a risk to health.

BCB's managing director said it was likely the matter would go to a public inquiry. He said the council's decision was "unreasonable".

Had it been given the go-ahead, the plant would have burnt 60,000 tonnes of waste less than a kilometre (0.6 miles) from Tockwith's primary school.

Energy needs

The planning application stated it would "process non-hazardous, municipal waste, commercial and industrial waste from the local area and businesses, together with hazardous waste from the adjacent waste transfer station to generate power to be exported to the National Grid".

Bus loads of protesters saw councillors refuse the plans at a meeting in December.

BCB managing director Phil Boardman said one of the UK's leading barristers in the field had agreed to represent the company at the appeal.

He said: "We are currently in discussion with North Yorkshire County Council's planning department to determine the form of the appeal, but it is likely that a public inquiry will be the outcome.

"It is generally recognised that Britain urgently needs to increase the supply of sustainable energy and reduce dependence on carbon fuels. Our proposal development does exactly that."

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