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Veolia's application is called in

Posted by hertswow on February 1, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Until today, the situation with Veolia's proposal for a mass burn incinerator in Rattys Lane, Hoddesdon was that Herts CC had only approved the application for planning permission in principle. That was because the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (SoS MHCLG) had imposed a stop order against their actually granting that permission.

The latest situation (notified at 4:36pm today) is that CLG has now called in the application. So Sajid Javid, not Herts CC, will determine whether to grant planning permission. It could still go either way, based on national planning consideratuions. There's no timescale for a decision. The application will now be subject to a public Planning Inquiry so that an Inspector can advise SoS on what to do, on national (or at least more than local) planning grounds. :)

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MHCLG's notice states the following:

From: Lorraine Gamble

Planning Casework Manager

Planning Casework Unit

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

[email protected]

5 St Philips Place

Colmore Row

Birmingham B3 2PW


Ref: PCU/RTI/M1900/77411

Date: 1 February 2018

Application by Veolia for an Energy recovery facility on land known as Ratty’s Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Application no: 7/0067-17

I am writing to let you know that the Secretary of State has today called-in for his own determination the above planning application.

The Government’s policy on call in is to be very selective. It is right that in almost all cases the initial decision on whether the application should proceed should be taken by the local planning authority. In general, planning applications are only called-in if planning issues of more than local importance are involved.

The Secretary of State has indicated, however, that there are occasions when it is right for him to decide the issue, normally following a public inquiry. I am enclosing a copy of a letter that the Planning Casework Unit has sent to Hertfordshire County Council. This explains the reasons for the Secretary of State’s decision and indicates the issues on which he wishes to be informed for the purposes of his consideration of the application.

If you wish to be involved in the public inquiry please contact the Planning Inspectorate, their address is shown below:

The Planning Inspectorate c/o Mark Boulton

Rm 3/O Kite Wing

Temple Quay House

2 The Square, Temple Quay Bristol BS1 6PN

Yours sincerely

Lorraine Gamble

Planning Casework Manager

Planning Casework Unit

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

[email protected]

5 St Philips Place

Colmore Row

Birmingham B3 2PW


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