Friday, 7 November 2008

Incinerator hearing may be 'inappropriate'

AN BORD Pleanála has said it may be "futile, inappropriate and wasteful of resources" to continue with an oral hearing into plans by College Proteins in Meath for an 8-megawatt biomass incinerator and ash landfill.

Last month a board inspector adjourned the hearing on its seventh day of evidence after it emerged that one of the fields the company had included as part of the development site did not belong to it.

The land in question was just over five acres and was earmarked as part of the landfill.

College Proteins has applied under the Strategic Infrastructure Act to the board for permission for the development on its existing site in Nobber, where it operates a rendering factory.

The letter said the board is of the preliminary view that the "appropriate procedure" would be to either refuse to deal with the application because it considers it to be inadequate and incomplete or to refuse to grant permission because of the company's lack of "adequate legal interest" in the site.

A spokesman for the board confirmed that the letter had been issued to the parties concerned, including those who had made observations to the board.

The Irish Times

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