Plans for a waste incinerator in Castleford have been rejected – but campaigners fighting the scheme fear the decision will not mark the end of their battle.
Members of Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee backed officers’ recommendations and refused to grant planning permission on the grounds that the incinerator would not “serve an identified need.”
Campaigners now fear the applicants, Clean Power Properties, will appeal the decision to the Planning Inspectorate.
Alison Drake, chairwoman of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “The meeting left me feeling very nervous because to me it’s obvious they are going to appeal.
“It did not leave me feeling sure and we have got to keep fighting.”
Plans for the development off Wheldon Road were first submitted to the council in February.
But councillors raised concerns about the lack of consultation carried out by the applicant.
Castleford Central and Glass Houghton councillor Tony Wallis told the meeting: “At first there was only a few objections but then when local councillors informed people about this application there were hundreds.
“It seems that there has been hardly any consultation with the public.”
The plant would burn up to 195,000 tonnes of industrial and residential waste per year and be in operation 24 hours a day.
Mrs Drake added: “We have got to keep vigilant because although the planning committee raised various concerns the application has only been refused for one reason.
“I’m certain they will appeal. They’ve already spent a lot of money on the application and want approval.”
No-one from Clean Power Properties was available for comment when contacted by the Express.