Posted: Friday 2nd February 2018
Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Waste Management, said: “We’re very disappointed that Veolia’s application is being called in for a public inquiry.
“Planning in a county like Hertfordshire is always going to involve balancing different considerations, but as waste disposal authority we believe that there is a compelling case for granting planning permission.
“We’re confident that the application and proposals are thorough and comprehensive, and they’ve already been scrutinised by the council’s own independent planning process which concluded planning permission should be granted subject to the Secretary of State considerations.
“Continuing delay to the scheme adds pressure to Hertfordshire’s bill for disposing of waste, although the project will still provide a very good value for money solution compared with other options. We hope the Secretary of State will move swiftly in his deliberations which will ensure a further level of scrutiny to this very important project.”
The Secretary of State will appoint a planning inspector to hold a public inquiry into Veolia's proposals. The inspector will then write a report for the Secretary of State, including a recommendation on whether or not planning permission should be granted. The Secretary of State then either grants or refuses planning permission.