Anti-incinerator group seeks clarification on ‘pre-consultations’ with planning body

AN anti-incinerator lobby group has sought clarification from An Bord Pleanála on whether the company seeking to build an incinerator in Cork has met with the planning board in advance of its decision on the project, due soon.

An oral hearing was held in the city earlier this summer after Indaver applied to build a €140 million hazardous and municipal waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy, under the Strategic Infrastructure Act.

Indaver first sought planning for an incinerator in Cork eight years ago, but Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment (CHASE) has fought the project through the planning and legal system.

When Indaver finally got the green light from the High Court last year, its original planning permission had expired.

Now, in a letter to the planning appeals board, CHASE chairwoman, Mary O’Leary, has expressed concern that Indaver may have been party to pre-consultations with the board as part of Murphy Environmental’s application last week to build a hazardous ash incinerator in the Naul, north County Dublin.

“From the Naul planning proposal, it would appear evident that Indaver were consulted by Murphy Environmental as they would qualify as major stakeholders if they are supplying ash from two incinerators,” she said.

“Because of this, it is appropriate to ask, and important to clarify if Indaver has had any contact with An Bord Pleanála over the Murphy application when their own Ringaskiddy application is in the final stages of consideration.”

A spokesman for Indaver Ireland said that no person from Indaver has engaged with An Bord Pleanála since the oral hearing at Cork International Airport ended in July.

“To even suggest Indaver met with the board as part of the Murphy Environmental application is deeply misleading. They are two totally separate applications. We have been consulted by many prospective customers who want to use ash residue”.

A decision is expected on the planned Cork incinerators at the end of this month.

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