A relieved Michael Barnes of Amersham who worked to stop the Amersham waste transfer station is pleased that planning permission was refused by unanimous vote. Chiltern Voice reported Amersham Waste Transfer Station Hearing Show You Object. Bucks County Council (BCC) and Waste Recycling Group (WRG) wanted to site a waste transfer station in the Green Belt and area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in the Misbourne Valley on the A413 Amersham.
The Bucks Council Planning officer had recommended that members vote against the proposal. Many concerned residents attended the meeting held at County Hall, Aylesbury on Tuesday 31 July 2012. Amersham resident Maldwyn Jones presented compelling objections, highlighting shortcomings and opacity of the application submitted by FCC Environment (a subsidiary of a quoted Spanish company, Ed). There are viable, more suitable alternative sites that can deliver the taxpayer savings required. Former Amersham town Councillor Davida Allen passionately focussed on further severe flaws in the applicants weak arguments. The principal reasons for refusal were as follows: contrary to AONB and Green Belt Policies; no demonstration of any special circumstances to outweigh these policies; adverse impact on the amenity of local residents. The applicant did not demonstrated that similar benefits could not be delivered by an alternative development. Committee members mentioned the attractiveness of the AONB and raised concerns at unacceptable levels of heavy goods vehicles on the A413 and access to the site.
The applicants could decide to lodge an appeal or propose alternative sites in a new application.Editor Merrin Molesworth.