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Objections to Westbury Incinerator Grow

January 15, 2021 3:03 PM

Over 120 people have responded to the Environment Agency objecting to an application submitted by Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd, alongside local residents, local councils, the Westbury Gasification Action Group/No Westbury Incinerator, Local Liberal Democrats and the local MP.

Most responses to the operating permit application contain strong objections saying it will increase air pollution, harm public health and lead to an increase in heavy goods vehicle traffic using the A350 and local roads, Ellen Nicholson, SW Wiltshire's Lib Dem spokesperson also pointed to the recent test case linking air pollution to death in the case of 9 year old Ella Kissi-Debrah.

The joint venture company, comprising Swindon-based Hills Group and Bio White Horse of Westburyenergy Infrastructure Group, has applied for an operating permit for its proposed £200 million waste-to-energy incinerator at Westbury.

The company has yet to hear whether Wiltshire Council has approved its planning application to change the advanced thermal technology to moving grate combustion., 16 local councils, , and scores of local residents have objected to the scheme.

Wiltshire Council's own climate team in economic development and planning has also changed its holding objection to a full objection on the grounds of carbon impact.

The Environment Agency has just extended the public consultation by a month on the operating permit application. Residents now have until February 21 to comment at

Further news around the story is found in the Wiltshire Times Objections grow to Northacre Renewable Energy's Westbury waste incinerator | Wiltshire Times