Incinerator report fans the flames for critics

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A FINAL decision on plans to build a £300million incinerator near Calvert will be reached this week – with planning officers recommending it is approved.

The controversial plant was put on hold by County Hall politicians in February, prompting scathing criticism by applicant Waste Recycling Group (WRG).

The firm branded a decision to defer the bid until the autumn ‘compromised and irrational’, and County Hall was forced to rearrange planning meetings to reach a ruling quicker.

Two day-long meetings are set to be held on Tuesday and Friday to decide on the bid, which prompted a furious response from critics.

A report prepared for the crunch meeting said Quainton Parish Council has put in a last-ditch addition to its objections, stating that Bucks County Council would be taking on a big financial risk.

It has also said that a plant in Rookery Pit, Bedfordshire, has enough capacity to deal with Buckinghamshire’s waste.

If given the go-ahead, WRG will be have to shell out £75,000 towards the management of nearby Lower Greatmoor Farmhouse, and £6,000 per year for protecting Finemerehill House.

The firm will also be told to keep its heavy goods vehicles on A roads and a new access road to the site.

A Bucks County Council report claims that by 2026, it is anticipated that 112,000 tonnes of municipal waste, and 245,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste.

In February, councillors deferred a decision, saying the need for the plant had not been proved.

The report, by planning manager Ian Prosser, states: “It is now considered that there is sufficient information for the Development Control Committee to determine the application.”

The meetings will be held at the Green Park Training & Conference Centre in Stablebridge Road, Aston Clinton.