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Architect blasts Allerton Park incinerator plan
A £1.4 BILLION incinerator scheme which two North Yorkshire councils claim will help solve their waste problems has been branded “unacceptable” – by one of their own architects.
Proposals by AmeyCespa for the Allerton Waste Recovery Park, next to the A1(M) between York and Harrogate, are set to go before North Yorkshire County Council’s planning committee before the end of the year and are facing a wave of opposition.
The scheme is a joint initiative between the county council and City of York Council , which say it will slice their landfill tax and waste management bills and power thousands of homes. Campaigners claim it is outdated, too expensive and will damage the environment.
Malcolm Barnett, the county council’s principal landscape architect, has now written to planners to say the current proposals would harm the appearance of nearby Allerton Park, which dates back to the 19th century, and its gardens, and strategies to deal with this which have been included in the planning application are not good enough.
He said that although AmeyCespa had drawn up measures for protecting the appearance of the area around the plant and promised to invest in them, the scheme “doesn’t guarantee delivery of effective mitigation” in terms of the incinerator’s impact on the surrounding landscape.
In his letter, Mr Barnett said the incinerator “will lead to significant adverse landscape and visual impacts to Allerton Park”, adding: “The overall scale, in combination with its industrial form and character, will result in a development which is out of character with its rural landscape context and visible from the surrounding landscape.
He said it would be “impossible” to avoid the incinerator having a visual impact from “several sensitive locations” and AmeyCespa’s landscape management strategy lacked detail about “clarity, delivery and cost”, while there were no agreements with the owners of Allerton Park or other local landowners about the role they would play.
The letter also said a proposed £980,000 landscape and cultural heritage fund to pay for “mitigation projects”, and an officer to manage them, may not be sufficient. Mr Barnett has made a series of recommendations to the council about landscape and visual impact matters, saying they should be included in any legal agreement with the developers if the incinerator plans are approved.
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