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Housing plan is turned down at incinerator site
THE latest bid to build houses on the site of a waste incinerator site has been thrown out – raising the likelihood of the disused facility being switched back on.
Developer Peter Styles was bidding to build seven new homes on the former Hayler’s End incinerator site in Hanley Swan, near Malvern.
After having his proposal knocked back by planners at Malvern Hills District Council he took the matter to appeal.
But planning inspector Julia Gregory has now upheld the council’s decision – citing strict local planning controls over development in open countryside.
An earlier scheme submitted by Mr Styles for an “ecocommunity”
of 24 homes was also turned down by the council and then subsequently on appeal.
And the latest knock-back raises the very real possibility of the waste incinerator being switched back on.
Mr Styles’ agent Andrew Boughton has previously said that while housing is the preference for the site the resumption of wasteincineration is the “fallback”
option – and that this could be done without the need to secure planning permission.
While he will now explore other non-residential uses for the land, he will also be seeking the certificate of lawfulness required to switch the incinerator back on.
Mr Boughton said the appeal decision was “not a shock” but said he could not understand the reasoning behind it.
“It is just not a sensible response in an area where there is a real problem with housing supply and affordability,”
Mr Boughton understands several operators are interested in returning the incinerator to use as a more “bespoke” facility, dealing with specialist materials including waste from vets and medical facilities.
He said 30,000 tonnes of waste a year could be treated at the site.
The incinerator was built about 35 years ago and operated by the county council to burn household waste.
But it was closed in the early 1990s following a campaign by local residents concerned about pollution.
It was sold by the county council in 2007.
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