Secretary of State upholds councils' decision to reject waste incinerator proposal

16 June 2020

Proposals to build a giant waste incinerator just outside Waterbeach have finally been defeated, with the Secretary of State dismissing Amey Cespa's appeal. This victory is largely due to the hard work of residents' group Cambridgeshire Without Incineration. South Cambs Green Party is proud to have supported this campaign and is delighted at the outcome. The following is an extract from CBWIN's press release:

"CBWIN, Cambridge Without Incineration is delighted at today’s news, which upholds the decision of Cambridgeshire County Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council to reject the Amey-Cespa Incinerator at the Waterbeach Waste Park. We totally agreed with the inspector’s reasons for refusal:

'......The appeal scheme was not in accordance with local plan policies in relation to protecting local character, built and natural heritage, and conflicted with landscape and historic environment policies and design policies covering renewable and low carbon...The Secretary of State therefore concludes that the appeal should be dismissed, and planning permission refused.' (Secretary of State Decision Letter)

The victory is testament to the passion, hard-work and commitment of residents not only in Waterbeach, but from across the Fen edge and Cambridge communities, who were united in their opposition to the incinerator.

Thousands signed a petition against the incinerator and raised thousands of pounds to pay for independent reports from one of the country’s leading landscape and climate impact experts. The incinerator would have blighted the Fenland landscape for decades to come and caused irreparable harm to the ancient setting of Denny Abbey, a listed monument, which stands only 500m away from the Amey Cespa boundary."

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