Waste incinerator clears judicial review hurdle

An artist's impression of the incinerator
An artist's impression of the incinerator

The building of a £275 million waste incinerator near Calvert moved closer today when a High Court judge dismissed two judicial reviews against the scheme.

Mr Justice Lindblom dismissed the applications, which were seeking to challenge the decision of Bucks County Council’s development control committee.

The court found advice given by planning officers was sound and sufficient.

Steven Adams, cabinet member for environment, welcomed the judgement.

He said: “The Buckinghamshire Energy from Waste partnership between the county council and FCC Environment is an initiative that will save the tax payer more than £150 million and create local jobs whilst protecting our beautiful landscape from further damaging landfill.

“I understand that the small number of objectors have strong feelings, but this is a project that has excellent aims and thorough processes that have been exceptionally well pursued and executed by a strong team.”

In respect of the claim by Kenneth Kolb, Mr Justice Lindblom refused permission to apply for a judicial review, saying the claim was not properly arguable on any of the grounds and was too late.

In relation to the claim brought by Christopher Prideaux, permission to apply was allowed but the case was dismissed on its merits.

Neither has asked to appeal.

Following the contract signing between the council and FCC Environment on April 17, construction is expected to start later this year.

Around 300 temporary jobs will be created through the three-year construction phase, with 64 permanent jobs at the plant and 31 more in the supply chain.

The council named FCC Environment as its preferred bidder for the contract in 2011 and cabinet awarded the contract last July.