I would like to draw readers’ attention to a planning application made to Durham County Council on 27/4/21 for an Incineration Plant on land at Heighington Lane, opposite Heighington railway station. Although DCC notified residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity, many others living in Newton Aycliffe, School Aycliffe and Heighington, who may be affected by the plant, were not made aware and found out by accident. There may still be people who are not aware of it.
Given that the plant will process clinical and hazardous waste, many residents naturally have concerns and questions. DCC has decided that the application will go before a planning committee which the public can attend but will be allowed little time to speak. Some of us are hoping that a public consultation meeting will be held, to give people the chance to hear about the proposals (the documents run to hundreds of pages) and ask questions. The Council can take into account comments and objections made up until it sits to consider the application (scheduled for 24/8/21), but these should be made as soon as possible.
Details of the proposal and information about objecting to the application can be found on the Durham County Council website at www.durham.gov.uk – The reference is DM/21/01500/WAS. A Facebook group has also been set up to share information – Heighington Lane Incineration Plant Information Group.
Incineration Plant Proposed for Heighington