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Renewable Energy: Planning Permission

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received on Veolia’s planning application for an energy from waste plant at the site of the former Rufford Colliery, Rainworth, Nottinghamshire; and if she will make a statement. (254885)

In addition to my hon. Friend, my hon. Friend the Member for Mansfield (Mr. Meale), has requested that the planning application be called in for the Secretary of State’s own determination. The Secretary of State has also received representations from three county councillors, one district councillor, Newark and Sherwood district council, a campaign group called PAIN (People Against Incineration) plus 12 members of the public, asking that the application be called in.

The case is currently under consideration by the Secretary of State. Therefore I cannot make any statement on the case. A decision will be issued as soon as possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons she decided to apply the recovery procedure to the three wind farm applications in the borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed on 26 August 2008. (256513)

The reason for recovery was due to the proposals being of major significance for the delivery of the Government’s climate change programme and energy policies.