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First IPC examination ends

The examination of the first project to be determined by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) - the Rookery South energy from waste (EfW) scheme planned for a site in Bedfordshire - has ended.

Now that the energy NPSs have been officially designated (see lead story) the Panel appointed to examine the application will decide the application, proposed by Covanta Energy. A decision will be issued by the commission no later than 15 October 2011.

Meanwhile, in a separate but related decision, the IPC has told the company behind the Brig y Cwm EfW scheme proposed for a site at Merthyr Tydfil that it cannot modify the design without reopening the whole process and making a fresh application.

The company has decided, reluctantly, to stick with its original proposals. Malcolm Chilton, Covanta Energy UK managing director, voiced “regret” that the IPC would not accept the amendment.

He argued the revised proposals would have reduced the amount of spoil that would need to be cleared or removed from the site therefore reducing the amount of spoil ultimately sent to landfill.

Chilton added: “We strongly believe our original application is robust. We will continue with the application as originally submitted and look forward to the IPC’s examination process continuing.”

Meanwhile, the IPC has received a second application from Network Rail for a railway chord involving a scheme 1 kilometre north of Ipswich goods yard linking the East Suffolk and Great Eastern Lines.

 

Roger Milne

21 July 2011