Plans to double the waste site at King’s Cliffe approved by Eric Pickles

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Controversial plans to double the size of a hazardous waste landfill site for use until 2026 have been approved.

The Government’s Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has given permission for the Augean Group site near King’s Cliffe, Northamptonshire, following an inquiry by the National Infrastructure Planning Directorate.

The site already has permission to take delivery of low level radioactive material.

Mr Pickles said the development was of national significance.

He said the site was needed because of the demand for landfill capacity.

Campaigners against the scheme, King’s Cliffe Waste Watchers, said they were disappointed but not surprised by the decision.

Augean Group technical director Dr Gene Wilson said: “Naturally we are very pleased that the application has been granted consent, and determined that the company’s proposal has been based on sound scientific, technical and policy grounds.

“The development consent order will enable Augean to continue to provide a nationally important facility for the safe, secure and well regulated treatment and disposal of wastes that require specialist handling.”