Incinerator decision day: Hatfield House chief blasts 'lip service' application

PUBLISHED: 13:14 24 October 2012 | UPDATED: 21:00 24 October 2012

Hatfield House

Hatfield House

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A REPRESENTATIVE from Hatfield House has rubbished claims alternative sites were considered before plans for a controversial incinerator were put forward.

The historic venue says it will be hugely impacted if the 380,000-tonne-a-year plant goes ahead in New Barnfield.

Peter Clegg, representing Gascoyne Holdings Ltd, said venue bosses strongly object to the plans, which are being discussed today.

He said: “The applicant must demonstrate an appropriate consideration of alternative sites.

“We reject absolutely that the applicant has undertaken this process adequately.”

Referring to reports into the site, Mr Clegg said: “It reads to us like lip service to a decision already taken.”

And he continued: “It would be unsound to approve the planning application, it would be open to a very serious challenge.”

Mr Clegg branded assessments carried out into the impact on Hatfield House “rushed and incomplete” - and revealed that Hatfield House owners were not consulted before the application was lodged.

He said: “It seems to us inexcusable for the applicants not to follow the basic statutory procedures.”

Mr Clegg warned the site would be visible from the historic building, and the impact of the view would be detrimental.

Politicians are expected to reach a decision on the controversial plant today, although officials have warned the meeting may overspill into tomorrow.

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