Controversial incinerator permit granted

The Environment agency has agreed to a grant a permit for developers to build a waste incinerator in Derby on Sinfin Lane despite local residents' concerns.

The application from United Utilities Waste Operations Ltd for an environmental permit to treat and incinerate municipal waste at the site has been considered since it was lodged in July 2009.

The Environment Agency consultation considered input from the Health Protection Agency, the Primary Care Trust and Derby City Council and members of the public.

Mark Haslam, Environment Manager, said: “We’ve carried out a thorough assessment of this application and taken into account all of the comments received during consultation.”

“In granting this permit we’re satisfied that the plant can be built and operated in a way that will not cause a significant risk to the environment or public health.

“We will make sure that any plant that’s built will meet high environmental standards and will be operated safely.”

The final decision for the incinerator to go ahead rests with the Planning Inspectorate which is yet to decide whether planning permission should be granted after a public inquiry.

Local residents campaigned against the proposed plans, which they believe could damage the environment and cause health problems.

Earlier, the plans for the plant in Sinfin were rejected by Derby city councillors on environmental grounds but the waste firm appealed.

Alison Brown

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