Below you can find the latest status of Veolia's proposal to replace the current Alton recycling facility with a massive incinerator in rural Hampshire, a history of Veolia's planning application, and our campaign against the plans.
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Latest Update - 5th October 2020
Hampshire County Council's public consultation period for Veolia's planning application closed on 14th August 2020. HCC have been overwhelmed by the public response, with over 3,300 objections received, making Veolia's proposals one of the top 10 most objected applications in the UK in recent years. HCC may still accept further representations, find out more here.
During the consultation period, No Wey Incinerator submitted our objection containing the analysis of our expert consultants, who identified serious deficiencies in Veolia's application (PDF, read it here).
We are exploring our possible next steps, it is our understanding that there will be no decision on the planning application before the end of the year at the earliest.
History of the Proposals & Campaign
5th October 2020
HCC finish counting and publishing all the objections received. In total, more than 3,300 were submitted, including from two district and borough councils (East Hampshire and Waverley), two town councils (Alton and Farnham), 17 parish councils, two Members of Parliament - Damian Hinds and Jeremy Hunt, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the South Downs National Park Authority and Natural England.
We believe this makes this planning application one of the top 10 most objected applications in the UK in recent years.
14th August 2020
HCC's public consultation period for Veolia's planning application closes, with HCC receiving an average of one objection per minute on the last day.
6th August 2020
No Wey Incinerator Action Group submits their objection to Veolia's plans, compiled by the planning committee and the team of expert consultants employed to examine the application. PDF - click here to read.
3rd July 2020
HCC's public consultation period for the planning application opens. NWI deliver leaflets to thousands of households, and start a publicity and social media campaign, to raise public awareness and encourage objections to the application.
26th May 2020
Veolia submits their planning application to HCC. It consists of 154 documents and 2,246 pages. Due to the size of the application, it is 24th June before it appears on HCC's web site. Click here to read on Hampshire County Council's website
The No Wey Incinerator group begins fundraising to support an information campaign, and funding of expert consultants to examine Veolia's application. Thanks to the generosity of donors, in excess of the initial target of £40,000 is raised.
12th March 2020
Froyle, Binsted and Bentley Parish Councils organise a community meeting to discuss the imminent planning application. Over 130 people attended and 85 registered their immediate support for an action group to be formed. The No Wey Incinerator Action Group is formed by volunteers from the community.
Veolia begin leaflet drops and public information sessions in the nearest villages regarding their plans for an incinerator on the site.