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Proposed incinerator in Hatfield

UPDATE 8 July 2014: The application for a Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility on land at New Barnfield has been refused. The Secretary of State has agreed with the Inspector's conclusions and his recommendation.

New Barnfield entrance

The Secretary of State's decision letter and the Inspector's recommendations following the Planning Inquiry held in Hatfield between 10 September and 25 October 2013 can be downloaded here pdf icon New Barnfield Hatfield Decision Letter 07.07.14 [2MB]

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has consistently objected to this proposal - please see article below for detailed history. 


Proposed incinerator in Hatfield

Veolia Environmental Services has submitted a planning application to Hertfordshire County Council for its plan to build an 'Energy from Waste' plant at New Barnfield, Hatfield. The plant would use incineration to dispose of waste from across the county which could not be recycled or recovered by mechanical means.

Hertfordshire County Council has responsibility for determining planning applications for waste facilities within the county but is required to consult a range of interested bodies, including Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, as well as the public at large.

Where does Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council stand on this proposal?

This council is strongly opposed to having a waste incinerator at New Barnfield. We have real concerns about its location in the town and about the potential impact on residents and schoolchildren in the surrounding area. We also have concerns about the visual impact of the plant and its siting within the Green Belt.

What has Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council done to oppose the scheme?

The council has objected to the county council's Waste Core Strategy and Site Allocations Planning Documents published since 2009. We have reiterated our strong objections to the use of the New Barnfield site for an incinerator. Following the public examination of the Waste Core Strategy in November 2011 the planning inspector found the document to be sound, but only subject to certain amendments, including changes to remove specific references to the New Barnfield site.  The Waste Core Strategy was formally adopted by the county council on 5 November 2012.

Following submission of the current planning application, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council was consulted in December 2011. We responded to the county council on 5 April 2012 with strong objections. We maintained these objections on 23 July 2012 following consideration of additional information submitted by the applicant.  Despite widespread objections, the county council's Development Control Committee resolved to approve the application on 24 October 2012, subject to referral to the Secretary of State. Following the resolution of the county council to approve the planning application, this council formally requested the Secretary of State to call in the application for his own determination.

New Barnfield Public Inquiry

*On 13 November the Secretary of State issued a holding direction preventing the county council from granting planning permission, pending his decision on whether or not to hold a public inquiry.  On 28 January 2013 the Secretary of State wrote to Hertfordshire County Council calling in the application for his own determination. 

The Planning Inspectorate appointed an inspector and the pre-inquiry meeting took place on Thursday 6 June. The public inquiry into the planning application opened on Tuesday 10 September and is scheduled to sit for six weeks, closing on Friday 25 October. There is a non-sitting week from Tuesday 1 to Friday 4 October and the inquiry does not sit on a Monday.

What else is Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council doing?

  • The Full Council last year approved a proposal to provide £20 000 of funding to the New Barnfield Trust in order to fight the incinerator scheme. The money is being made available to campaigners to pay for legal and professional fees incurred in fighting the plans.  
  • The council has also maintained its objections to the identification of New Barnfield as a possible site for thermal waste treatment, as set out in the county council's current Proposed Submission Waste Site Allocations Document, November 2012. Hertfordshire County Council submitted the Waste Site Allocations to the Secretary of State for independent examination. The Waste Site Allocations Examination in Public opened on Tuesday 3 September 2013 and is scheduled to close on Wednesday 6 November 2013.

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