Alistair Cameron condemns failure to call-in hazardous waste application

October 27, 2011 4:54 PM

Alistair Cameron, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Tewkesbury, has condemned the decision by the Secretary of State to not call-in the application by Grundons for the hazardous waste site at Wingmoor Farm and set up a Public Inquiry.

Alistair, along with many local residents and the environmental campaign group SWARD, had asked the Secretary of State to call-in the application on the grounds that the hazardous waste site received waste from all over the country and was therefore of national significance. Alistair was also concerned that this would be an inappropriate development in the Green Belt and that it would result in a huge loss of open space for 20 years.

However, the National Planning Casework Unit have written to Alistair advising that the Secretary of State has decided to not call-in the application.

Alistair said:

"I am very disappointed by this decision. Hazardous waste from all over the country is transported to Wingmoor Farm which means that the application is of national importance. I therefore believe it met the criteria for being called-in.

This is a highly controversial planning application which received over 1200 letters of objection and there are significant health and environmental concerns."

The planning application is therefore still with the County Council for determination.