Statement regarding planning approval for incinerator

Today, the council’s city plans panel approved the planning application, subject to legal agreements and conditions, for Veolia E. S. Ltd to construct an incinerator. Waste from homes across the city will be recycled at the site to stop it going to landfill with the remainder being incinerated.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“This decision has been years in the making and the level of scrutiny provided by panel members demonstrates just how important the incinerator is to the city.

“I’ve said frequently that we can’t afford to continue to bury waste in the ground on financial or environmental grounds.

“Alongside other improvements to our waste services, this is a significant milestone in enabling us to recycle as much as we can.

“With the final discussions set to get underway, we’re confident the end result will be a facility that will allow us to realise our ambitions for a cleaner, greener Leeds.”

Notes to editors:

  • Members have given their seal of approval for the facility to be granted planning permission subject to legal agreements and conditions being successfully agreed.

  • The Chief Planning Officer will oversee these discussions.

  • If these discussions are concluded to the satisfaction of the Chief Planning Officer, planning permission will then be issued.

  • If, after a three month period, the legal agreements and conditions have not been signed off, it will be up to the Chief Officer to make a determination.

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