Template letter: requesting the incinerator to be called in

Many supporters of our campaign will know that an application for an incinerator planned for Hoddesdon has recently been called in. Many of the reasons for this also apply to the Rivenhall incinerator so we have drafted a letter that anyone can sign, add their address to and post or email to the National Planning Casework Unit. This will demonstrate that there is significant support and cause for the applications to be reviewed by the Government and ensure that it is reviewed through an appropriate and independent planning process.

A copy of this letter is below and also can be downloaded here. If you wish to email it, then the address to send it to is npcu@communities.gsi.gov.uk.



National Planning Casework Unit

5 St Philip’s Place

Colmore Row


B3 2PW

February 2018


Dear Sirs




At some date after March 1st 2018, Essex County Council will discuss the above planning applications which are in furtherance to the grant of planning permission in 2010.  The then Secretary of State imposed some sixty conditions before coming to his balanced decision. Clearance work on the site did not begin until six years later.

Since 2010, and with popular national, international, and industry support, Government policy has been to encourage positive environmental aspects of the waste hierarchy – recycling and recovery, rather than disposal and incineration.

The planning history of the proposed Rivenhall IWMF reverses this trend. Despite almost doubling the quantity of receivable waste applied for in the original application, the current proposal increases, by some 70%, the amount disposed of by incineration, which is at the lowest point of the waste hierarchy.  The County of Essex will be a net importer of waste in order that this facility is commercially viable, as well as being a client of the applicant.

Climate change is written into The National Planning Policy Framework and it should be noted that this plant will generate in excess of 500,000 tonnes per annum of CO2.

The Secretary of State has recently called in a more modern, robust, and environmentally safer application for a waste management facility in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

I call upon him to exercise his authority in a similar way for Rivenhall.




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