Council ditches Newton Abbot waste site plans

Image caption Rising disposal costs and a shortage of tips have prompted a waste plan by the county council

Plans for a waste to energy plant at Newton Abbot in Devon have been dropped.

The Brunel Road site was considered as part of a 20-year plan by Devon County Council which is facing rising landfill costs and a shortage of tips.

But a council committee has now removed Brunel Road from a list of possible waste recovery sites "because of the close proximity of housing".

Consultation on the plans starts on 11 May.

Five sites are now being considered for waste recovery, which could include plants where rubbish is burned to create energy, and four could be for landfill.

The named sites are:


  • Greendale Barton, Woodbury Salterton, East Devon
  • Hill Barton, Farringdon, East Devon
  • Roundswell, Barnstaple, North Devon
  • Tiverton East, Tiverton, Mid Devon
  • Heathfield Landfill Site, Kingsteignton, Teignbridge


  • Broadpath Landfill Site, Uffculme, Mid Devon
  • Deep Moor Landfill Site. High Bullen, Torridge
  • Heathfield Landfill Site, Kingsteignton, Teignbridge
  • Southern Devon - area of search - South Hams/Teignbridge

The council said not all of the possible site options would be included in the final plan and there would be further consultation in 2013.

As part of the consultation, which ends on 3 August, public exhibitions will be held to give people the chance the see the site options and give their views.

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