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Severn Waste appeal over block on new plant

WASTE MANAGEMENT firm Severn Waste Services is to appeal against Worcester County Council's planning committee decision to block plans for a £40M waste to energy plant in Kidderminster.

According to a Severn Waste spokesman, the plant is a key part of a £500M, 25 year private finance initiative scheme to reduce the amount of municipal rubbish going to landfill.

But the planning committee this week blocked the incinerator on 'public concern' grounds that it would be visually intrusive, affect local wildlife and an adjacent canal, and would rob Kidderminster of a football field, a Worcester County Council source said.

The council decision came despite a report by independent environmental consultant Entec which found the plant conformed to European Union waste incineration guidelines. The plant's design, it said, would result in 'clean burn' with no harmful emissions.

The £500M Kidderminster scheme had been approved by the Environment Agency and would also provide waste sorting and recycling alongside the waste to energy plant.

Waste to energy plants and incineration are favoured by the Government as a way to cut volumes of municipal rubbish going to landfill by 20% in the next five years and 40% by 2015.

Severn Waste was unable to comment this week on how it would proceed if any appeal fails.

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