Consett incinerator plans rejected by High Court

Plans for a waste incinerator in Consett have been rejected by the High Court.

Article by Bill Edgar & Sam Thomson

Developers Project Genesis wanted to build the energy plant but faced opposition from the council and campaigners.

Rejecting the appeal, Mr Justice Fordam said he was not persuaded by any of the arguments the developers had entered.

Project Genesis said the decision was "extremely disappointing" and accused protest groups of "scaremongering".

The High Court refusal centred around the significant harm to the character and appearance of the landscape, and how it would impact public health and housing demand. 

Planning permission for the £45m incinerator at Hownsgill Industrial Park was first rejected by Durham County Council in September 2021.

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