Press release

Whitemoss Landfill Western Extension given development consent

The application for the Whitemoss Landfill Western Extension proposal has been given development consent by DCLG.

Waste Plant

The consent order is for the construction of new hazardous waste management facilities at Whitemoss Landfill, comprising the construction of new landfill void to the west of the existing landfill site for the disposal of hazardous waste together with associated development.

The decision announced today supports the recommendation made by the Planning Inspectorate and follows an examination process which met or exceeded all the statutory timescales laid down in The Planning Act 2008 (as amended by The Localism Act 2011).

The application was submitted for consideration on 20 December 2013 and accepted for examination on 17 January 2014. It is the 37th project to be decided under the Planning Act 2008 regime and is the 2nd hazardous waste application examined by the Planning Inspectorate to gain development consent.

Following a six month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, a recommendation was made to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 21 February 2015.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Simon Ridley, said: “This is the 37th application for a nationally significant infrastructure project to be examined by The Planning Inspectorate. The examination, recommendation and decision have been within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.”

“The Planning Inspectorate is committed to giving local communities the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them. More than 3,000 representations were received and fully considered by the Examining Authority.”

“Local people, the local authority and other interested parties were able to participate in the 6 month long examination. This, together with the certainty of knowing when a decision will be made, provides confidence in the planning process and aides the infrastructure improvements this country needs.”

The decision, the recommendation made by the Examining Authority to the Secretary of State and the evidence considered by the Examining Authority in reaching its recommendation is publicly available on the National Infrastructure planning website.

Published 21 May 2015