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It has been confirmed that the Plymouth City Council has decided to go ahead with planning meeting on the 22nd December 2011 to decide the outcome of the planning application for an incinerator at Devonport.
This is despite MVV having to submit further information after it emerged that the photomontages supplied by MVV as part of the planning application were inaccurate and did not show the full scale of the building. I have already written to express my concerns about this and a range of other issues.
As additional information has now been received from MVV, Plymouth City Council has re-opened the public consultation on the plans. Should you wish to make further contributions to the consultation you need to do so by 6th December. It is important that contributions are made in writing to Plymouth City Council, Planning Department, Civic Centre, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA. Please don’t forget to quote the planning reference number 11/00570/FUL.
You might also be interested in contributing to another consultation the council are holding on the community benefits, should the plans for the plant be approved. Nothing is decided yet; the decision will be made by the planning committee on 22nd December. Although I personally oppose an incinerator being placed on this site, should the plans be approved I want to see maximum benefits for the community and best use of any section 106 (community benefit) agreement possible. If you have any ideas and views please submit them to the Council. The reference number and deadline are the same as above.
Unfortunately I will not be permitted to speak at the planning committee, although I am the Member of Parliament representing those people whose lives will be directly affected by the incinerator. I am negotiating with Planning Officers to allow a written statement which can be read out to the committee. Despite this I will attend the planning meeting on the 22nd December and I would encourage as many people as possible to support me in order that the Planning Committee can see the strength of feeling from the local community around this issue.