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Fight against waste plant stepped up

Artists' impression of the proposed waste incinerator on Wheldon Road, Castleford

Artists' impression of the proposed waste incinerator on Wheldon Road, Castleford

Campaigners have vowed to continue their fight against plans for a waste incinerator in Castleford, even though the project is due to be rejected by council chiefs.

Members of Wakefield Council’s planning committee meet today to discuss the scheme, which officers have recommended should be refused on the grounds that it would not “serve an identified need.”

Even if the application is refused, campaigners fear the the applicants, Clean Power Properties, will appeal the decision to the Planning Inspectorate.

Alison Drake, chairwoman of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “We’ll keep on fighting these plans until the very end.

“I am pleased at the recommendation to the committee, but not as pleased as I would have been if they’d given more reasons for refusal.

“By no means is this a victory if the committee does follow the recommendations.

“I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the applicant appealed the decision.

“They have a lot of professionals working on it for them who are on a lot money and they won’t want to fail.”

Plans for the development off Wheldon Road were submitted to the council in February.

The plant would burn up to 195,000 tonnes of industrial and residential waste per year and be in operation 24 hours a day.

A report to today’s planning meeting recommends refusal of the proposal and states: “The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposed development would serve an identified need which cannot be met by existing or allocated facilities.”

Protestors successfully fought similar plans for a £40m waste plant on the old Wheldale Colliery site in 2006.

No-one from Clean Power Properites was available for comment when contacted by the Express.

See the Express website for the latest on this story.

 

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