Veolia 'shocked' by decision for public enquiry into Hertfordshire energy recovery facility

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The Rye House site in Hoddesdon

Veolia has said it is “shocked” at the government decision to hold a public inquiry over plans for an energy recovery facility in Hertfordshire.

The facility is designed to treat a maximum of 350,000 tonnes of waste a year, generating enough power for 70,000 homes each day, and would mean all of Hertfordshire's local authority waste could be treated in the county.

Residents have objected due to the plant’s size, location and predicted increase in traffic.

Hertfordshire County Council approved plans to build the plant at Rye House in Hoddesdon back in December 2017, arguing the “negative impacts of the facility are clearly outweighed by the benefits”.

However, secretary of state Sajid Javid has now called in the application for closer inspection.

Terry Hone, cabinet member for waste management at Hertfordshire County Council, said he was disappointed with the calls.

He said: “Continuing delay to the scheme adds pressure to Hertfordshire’s bill for disposing of waste, although the project will still provide a very good value for money solution compared with other options.”

In a statement, Veolia said the decision “sends a negative message to private companies looking to invest millions of pounds in much needed infrastructure in the UK.”

Javid will appoint a planning inspector to hold a public inquiry and write a report which will include a recommendation on whether the planning permission should be granted.

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