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Planning and Development (Plymouth)

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

The Petition of people concerned at the proposed development of an energy from waste plant at Ernesettle, Plymouth,

Declares that the site identified by Plymouth City Council for an energy from waste plant at Ernesettle, Plymouth, is totally inappropriate for many reasons including the loss of playing fields.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to persuade Plymouth City Council to reconsider their decision and investigate alternative sites.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Alison Seabeck, Official Report, 11 May 2009; Vol. 492, c. 657.]

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Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, received 12 October 2009:

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government is aware of the proposal for an Energy from Waste Incinerator in Plymouth. Plymouth City Council has allocated 4 sites within its Waste Local Development Document (DPD).

This DPD has been through a full public consultation exercise in accordance with the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The DPD was submitted to the Secretary of State on the 29 August 2007 for an Independent Examination; the Examination was carried out on 6 February 2008 and the document was found to be sound. The DPD was adopted by Plymouth City Council on the 21 April 2008.

I understand from officials in the Government Office for the South West that no planning application for an Energy from Waste Incinerator at Ernesettle (Plymouth) has been submitted to the Council for determination. The determination of planning applications is primarily the responsibility of the City Council, as the local planning authority.