Veolia v. Shropshire City Council (Planning Inspectorate Decision, 2012)
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom
Side A: Veolia (Corporation)
Side B: Shropshire CC (Government)
Veolia sought planning permission for an energy-from-waste facility as an extension to an existing recycling center in Shropshire, England
On appeal, planning permission was granted for a waste to energy facility as an extension to an existing recycling center in Shropshire, England. In response to appellant's planning application and environmental statement, submitted in 2009, a number of rejections were made and the Shropshire County Council denied the application. The benefits versus the harms of several aspects of the project were assessed on appeal. The development is projected to have significant adverse effects on the character and appearance of the area, though these effects were found to be outweighed by the principal benefit, the diversion of 90,000tpa of residual waste from landfills, which, through the resulting reduction of GHG emissions, would make a significant contribution to addressing climate change. Other negative effects of the development were considered insignificant.