Waste firm Veolia has announced it will not challenge a ministerial decision to refuse its plans for a domed £100m energy from waste plant in Hertfordshire
Designed by Paris-based practice S’pace Architecture, the scheme earmarked for green belt land at New Barnfield had been praised for the quality of its design by CABE at a planning inquiry heard last year.
However, despite agreeing with CABE’s view that the plant ‘represented high quality design in its own right’, then-communities secretary Eric Pickles sided with a planning inspector’s recommendations and refused the scheme on the grounds that it represented harmful and inappropriate development in the Green Belt.
Veolia successfully appealed the decision earlier this year on the grounds that not enough consideration had been given to client Hertfordshire County Council’s own local plan. But in July its victory was overruled by new communities secretary Greg Clark.
After spending weeks considering its next move, Veolia has conceded defeat over the project.
The AJ’s sister title, Materials Recycling World, quoted a statement from the firm saying that it’s board had decided not to further challenge the latest decision and to focus instead on alternative plans.
‘We have submitted a draft revised project plan to Hertfordshire County Council, in accordance with the terms of our contract, and we remain committed to providing a solution to meet the needs of the authority,’ it said.
‘We will continue to work with the authority as they assess and evaluate our draft alternative solution for Hertfordshire.’
Veolia did not respond to AJ’s requests for details of how advanced its alternative proposals were.