Firm fights Shepshed incinerator decision

Artist impression of the plant
Image caption The proposed incinerator would process about 300,000 tonnes of waste each year

A waste firm has appealed against the rejection of plans for an incinerator in Leicestershire.

The plant, which would process 300,000 tonnes of waste a year, was refused by the county council in October 2010 due to its impact on the landscape.

Biffa said it would drop the appeal if a revised application for the Shepshed site was accepted.

Hundreds of local residents protested against the proposals last year due to concerns about potential health risks.

Waste energy

The facility would be enclosed within a building about 47m (151ft) high, with two chimneys 96.5m (317 ft) high.

The revised plan retains the original location, size and design of the plant, but includes measures Biffa feels will address the concerns raised.

These include funding the restoration of two listed structures and woodland planting within nearby Garendon Park.

Last month the Environment Agency approved a draft environmental permit for the facility, which will use air pollution control systems to maintain legal emission levels.

The heat generated from the incineration is expected to generate enough electricity to power about 42,000 homes a year.

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