Shropshire Council warns of bill for incinerator fight

Artist's impression (pic: Veolia)
Image caption Veolia said the development would generate power for about 10,000 homes

The fight against a controversial waste incinerator could cost Shropshire Council about £500,000, according to its leader Keith Barrow.

On Tuesday the planning inspectorate ruled that Veolia Environmental Services' planned energy-from-waste facility could go ahead.

In 2010 the council's planning committee had unanimously rejected an application to build the incinerator.

Veolia appealed against the decision and a public inquiry was set up.

Subject to final approval from the government, Veolia said work on the new facility at Battlefield, on the edge of Shrewsbury, could start in early summer.

It is expected to cost £60m to build.

Veolia said the scheme would burn up to 90,000 tonnes of waste and generate enough electricity to power 10,000 homes.

Shropshire Council wanted the plans rejected on the grounds that it was the wrong development, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

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