County council grants permission for energy from waste facility in Hoddesdon

Published: 20 Dec 2017

Hertfordshire County Council’s Development Control Committee has approved plans to build energy from waste facility in Hoddesdon.

The committee voted 7 to 3 to grant planning permission for Veolia ES (UK) PLC to build a recycling and energy recovery facility at Rye House, Ratty’s Lane in Hoddesdon.

Ian Reay, Chair of the Development Control Committee, said “We’ve reached this decision after a lengthy debate on the pros and cons of Veolia’s proposals.

“We’ve heard representations on the impacts this facility will have on the local area – including concerns about noise, pollution and traffic as well as the potential impact on the local air quality.

“But on the other hand, we’ve heard about the urgent need for a waste treatment facility in the county, the lack of suitable alternative sites and the positive impact the proposal will have on the local economy.

“It hasn’t been a straightforward decision – and I know it won’t be universally popular – but overall the committee felt that the negative impacts of the facility are clearly outweighed by the benefits, and therefore we’ve resolved that planning permission be granted for the proposal subject to appropriate planning conditions and the prior conclusion of a Section 106 agreement.”

The Secretary of State may now choose to call in the application for his determination. If he doesn’t call in the application, the council will issue a formal decision notice granting planning permission upon the completion of the Section 106 Agreement.