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01/06/2018

An Bord Pleanála approves Cork waste plant against advice of its inspector

Words: Roger Milne
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Waste company Indaver Ireland has been granted permission by An Bord Pleanála to build a controversial waste-to-energy facility in Cork Harbour.

This was the third application by the company since 2001 to build an incinerator on the site. Its latest proposal is for a €160 million plant handling 240,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Consent has come with 24 conditions, including that construction of the proposed development “shall not commence until such time as  an  Industrial  Emissions  licence  for  the  operation  of  the  facility  has  been granted by the Environmental Protection Agency” and that construction shall be managed in accordance with a Construction Management Plan.

The inspector concluded: “The development as proposed would constitute overdevelopment of the site, which would seriously injure the amenities of the area and of property in the vicinity, and would not be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

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