On Tuesday (19 June) West Sussex County Council planning committee at County Hall in Chichester decided, in an 8 to 4 vote, to dismiss the planning application by haulage firm, Britaniacrest, to install a “Recycling, Recovery and Renewable” thermal treatment facility in Horsham*.
No Incinerator 4 Horsham community group, along with concerned residents, were present at the meeting, and cheered on the vote, brought forward by Councillor Barnett-Miles and seconded by Councillor Barton.
Norman Clarke of No Incinerator 4 Horsham, David Johnson, Chairman of CPRE Sussex and North Horsham parish council spoke in opposing to the application. Local WSCC councillor Peter Catchpole also spoke to oppose the applicant.
No Incinerator 4 Horsham commented: “Democracy is alive and kicking. We have to thank the 8 WSCC councillors that read the documents, questioned the WSCC officer’s reports and that of the applicant having undertaken their own research to substantiate facts. These councillors acknowledged the visual impact of such a massive industrial building and chimney; the HGV impact on the roads and homes transporting waste to the site from other counties; impact on public health; cumulative impact; concerns over decline in air quality; and that the over 5,500 residents oppose this application.”
Prior to the planning meeting the community group had already (on 18 June), with the support of NGO UK WIN and Campaign to Protect Rural England Sussex, submitted a formal request to the Secretary for State of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to call-in this application, which will progress, as it is inevitable, after Tuesday’s decision, that Britaniacrest will go to appeal.
“It is felt that this application for a massive industrial incinerator is not of a national or county interest. The incinerator would impact the 6 counties the developer seeks to source the waste from, and so does not meet the West Sussex County Council waste plan.”
According to a statement from No Incinerator 4 Horsham, “This would mean that the 230,000 tonnes of waste will result in over 81,000 HGV journeys a year across West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, London and Surrey, by virtue of the desire to build a large scale thermal treatment facility using moving grate technology to service the needs greater than the local area.”
Britaniacrest Recycling Director, Chris Foss, said: “We are very disappointed that the planning committee members have not granted permission for this facility. This is in spite of the fact that the site is already operating as a waste management site, with no change in waste volumes or vehicle numbers being requested in the application.
“Without this modernisation of the site, the recycling activity will continue outdoors, and waste will continue to be exported
out of County and aboard [sic] – which is truly disappointing.
“We will now consider the situation and decide whether to proceed with an appeal against the decision, or just continue under the existing planning permissions.”
*Application was submitted on 15 March 2018 – WSCC/015/18/NH. The previous application by the same company withdrawn was under application number WSCC/ 062/16/NH, which was recommended for refusal by the council officers.
Picture: Outside County Hall after the verdict.
WSCC Cllr Peter Catchpole, David Johnson, Chairman of CPRE Sussex and Norman Clarke of No Incinerator 4 Horsham