Councillors vote unanimously to reject Gloucestershire energy from waste planning application


Urbaser Balfour Beatty has been refused planning permission to build a £500 million energy from waste facility at Javelin Park, Haresfield.

Despite a recommendation from planning officers to give planning permission, councillors on Gloucestershire County Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to reject the application.


It was rejected on the basis of its visual impact on the local countryside due to its size.

Urbaser Balfour Beatty project director Javier Peiro said: “UBB is disappointed by the decision made by Gloucestershire’s planning committee on 21 March.

“UBB remains contracted to dispose of Gloucestershire’s residual waste and in light of this decision we are considering our options.

“The proposals for an energy from waste facility at Javelin Park were developed in order to assist the county in taking responsibility for its own waste. Moreover, the proposed development is entirely consistent with the council’s own recently adopted waste core strategy.

“While Gloucestershire continues to send its residual waste to landfill there is an unavoidable environmental and economic cost. The facility would help divert over 92 per cent of Gloucestershire’s residual waste from landfill, reducing carbon emissions and the release of greenhouse gases. It would also save the council tax payers over £190 million over 25 years compared to landfilling the county’s residual waste.”