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Balfour Beatty’s £500M Gloucester incinerator gets go-ahead

Balfour Beatty’s £500M incinerator project in Gloucestershire, previously blocked by the county council, has been given the green light by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The scheme will be developed by waste management outfit Urbaser in joint venture with Balfour.

The pair had originally been appointed for the 28-year public-private partnership by Gloucestershire County Council in December 2011.

But the planning application for the Javelin Park scheme, near Gloucester, was rejected two years later.

The joint venture appealed against the decision, and Pickles overruled the council, giving the scheme permission to proceed.

The Urbaser Balfour Beatty contract covers the design, build and operation of an energy-from-waste facility on a 12ha site.

The incinerator will treat up to 190,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Campaigners had objected to the size and cost of the facility

Nigel Moor, chair of Gloucestershire County Council’s planning committee, said: “The committee robustly defended its decision to an independent inspector at the public inquiry last year.

“However, we acknowledge today’s announcement.”

The leader of Stroud District Council, Geoff Wheeler, said the decision was “a real disappointment”.

Javier Peiro, project director for Urbaser Balfour Beatty, said he was “delighted” with the outcome.

“We will be working with Gloucestershire County Council to make sure the project brings as many opportunities for the local people and the economy as possible and make a positive contribution to the effects of climate change,” he said.

Urbaser Balfour Beatty said the incinerator will treat over 92% of the county’s waste that would normally go to landfill, and generate enough electricity to power 26,000 homes.

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