MP welcomes the withdrawal of plan

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The waste management company which built Newhaven incinerator has withdrawn its appeal to the planning inspectorate which sought to allow lorry movements in the ‘dead of night’.

The town’s MP Norman Baker has welcomed the news, adding, “The reasons why Veolia has withdrawn the appeal are as yet unclear, but I hope that they have concluded that it is time to give the residents of Newhaven a break.

“Nevertheless, whatever the reasons, this is good news which I welcome and which will be welcomed across the town by residents who have quite frankly had enough of the Tory County Council sponsored dominance of the town by Veolia.”

Lewes District Council approved Veolia’s planning application on January 15, for the installation of a modular building, provision of HGV parking, provision of staff parking, and use as skip storage and vehicle depot.

The council noticed it would bring increased lorry movments to the area and its planning committee added a condition to restrict HGV movements to the hours of 0700 – 1900 Mondays to Fridays (excluding bank holidays) and 0700 – 1500 on Saturdays.

Veolia then appealed the HGV restrictions condition and proposed lorry movements between 0400 – 1700 Monday to Friday, 0400 – 1200 on Saturdays and 0400 – 1400 on Bank Holidays.

The MP wrote to the Planning Inspectorate to strongly oppose the appeal but last week Veolia withdrew its appeal meaning that, in the short term, there will be no attempt to overturn the considered restrictions that LDC placed on planning permission.

A Veolia Environmental Services spokesperson said, “As part of our good neighbour policy, we have listened to the representations of the local community and decided against moving our commercial depot from Shoreham to North Quay Road in Newhaven - we do not currently intend to make a new planning application.

“We would like to make clear that the proposal was for a separate facility which is unrelated to the operations of the existing Energy Recovery Facility on North Quay Road.”