Incinerator decision day: Application is approved to chants of "shame"

PUBLISHED: 17:35 24 October 2012 | UPDATED: 21:01 24 October 2012

Protesters gather before the incinerator decision meeting at New Barnfield Incinerator site

Protesters gather before the incinerator decision meeting at New Barnfield Incinerator site

Archant

A BID to build a 380,000-tonne-a-year in Hatfield has been approved.

Moments ago, members at Herts County Council voted in favour of the controversial bid, to chants of “shame” from the public gallery.

It follows hours of tense debate throughout today, Wednesday, in which parties clashed over the application on the New Barnfield site.

The decision split the council’s development control committee, with the verdict reached by a majority of 11 to four.

At the beginning of the day, a petition signed by members of four political parties - the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Party - was presented to the committee.

It was agreed there would be no traffic movements before 7am.

Officers have described the bid as the largest planning application Herts County Council has ever handled.

More than 6,000 residents wrote to the council to object about the New Barnfield bid, with just 10 contacting the authority to voice support.

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