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Infrastructure Planning Commission makes landmark energy decision

The Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) on Friday approved its first energy application — a 65MW energy from waste power station in Rookery South, Bedfordshire.

Developer Coventa Energy had its plans approved by the IPC under the new system where ministers approve plans. The IPC was set up in 2008, the previous Labour administration, to decide on projects independent of government. However, ministers now make the ultimate decision following the IPC’s recommendation as a result of changes to the planning system made by the coalition government.

Energy minister Charles Hendry said he was very pleased the decision had been made on time and added that it was vital for investors and local communities to have a planning process people can believe in, particularly for energy schemes.

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