Waste company withdraws plan for landfill at failed incinerator site
A COMMUNITY group is celebrating victory in its long-running battle with a waste company.
Viridor has withdrawn its application for an environmental permit for a million-tonne landfill at New England Quarry near Ivybridge.
In December the company withdrew an application for an Environment Agency permit for an incinerator at the site.
Devon County Council also refused planning application for both the incinerator and landfill in October last year.
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Viridor needed planning permission and an environmental permit to go ahead.
Charlotte Mills from the campaign group EcoIvy said: "We are delighted that Viridor has seen sense and withdrawn the landfill permit application.
"This would have been a huge landfill that would have been used for the next 30 years. We should be looking to the many alternatives that can deal with waste in a more ecologically sustainable way."
Viridor was beaten by its rival MVV Environment Devonport in the bidding war to build an incinerator to handle domestic rubbish from Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon.
Dan Cooke, director of external affairs at Viridor, said: "We have no future plans for the New England Quarry site.
"There is still a need for waste infrastructure in Devon, and we are continuing to invest in other sites nearby, principally at Heathfield near Newton Abbot."
Viridor handles commercial and industrial recycling at Heathfield.
Ms Mills added: "EcoIvy would like to congratulate all the residents who have contributed to consultations by the Environment Agency and the council.
"All of the public's hard work and determination over the last three years has made a real difference and contributed to the refusal of the planning application and the withdrawal of the permits for New England Quarry."
"Now all that remains is for Viridor to donate the quarry to the community as a nature reserve."
But Mr Cooke said that could not happen as the company does not own the quarry. "We have funded many nature reserves in Devon but that one isn't an option."