Ministers have today (8 July 2014) decided to refuse an application for an incinerator on land at New Barnfield, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
The decision took account of planning policy, and the planning inspector’s detailed findings including a public inquiry. The National Planning Policy Framework is clear that inappropriate developments in the green belt should not be allowed. The decision also took into account the proximity of Hatfield House, a Grade 1 listed building, and the effects the proposal could have on heritage protection.
Secretary of State Eric Pickles said:
Development within the green belt will not be allowed unless there are very special circumstances, and in this case, the benefits of the development did not outweigh the potential harm to the green belt.