Hated Hatfield incinerator backed by officials ahead of crunch meeting

PUBLISHED: 14:45 12 October 2012 | UPDATED: 15:39 12 October 2012

Artists impression of the incinerator at New Barnfield

Artists impression of the incinerator at New Barnfield

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build an incinerator in Hatfield have been backed by County Hall experts ahead a crunch meeting later this month.

A report released today (Friday) has recommended that the much hated incinerator is given the go ahead.

Politicians look set to reach a final decision on Wednesday, October 24, although meetings may continue into the following day.

Campaigners opposing the plant, which would process 380,000 tonnes of waste a year, plan to descend on the public gallery as the 15-strong development control committee reaches a verdict.

Richard Thake, Cabinet Member for Environment, said “The assessment has considered if the proposal would be in line with development policies; the visual impact of the proposal as well as other potential environmental impacts.

“Planning officers have prepared a formal report on the proposal. This report will be presented to the DCC and the decision to either grant or refuse the planning application will be made by the elected councillors who sit on the committee.”

Today’s report states that although the New Barnfield site is in the Green Belt, ‘very special circumstances’ exist to justify the bid.

For more on this, see our in-depth feature in next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, on sale from Wednesday.

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