500,000 tonne per annum waste incinerator 6th Largest in the country
Developer and operator with no experience of developing or operating these facilities
100m + high chimney visible from Hemel Hempstead and Stevenage with the building at 45m (15 Storey) approximately the height of the valley itself
Combined Heat and Power plant proposed but no beneficiaries identified
Huge use of resources including Road transport, Water, Diesel and other Chemicals
150,000 tonnes per annum of waste from the plant to remove
Adjacent to Grade 2 Listed Capability Brown Parkland
Residential property within 35m and Hotel complex within 200m of the site
Historic residential setting dating back to the 15th Century
Green belt land – defined as the highest contribution to green belt purposes
Source: Central Bedfordshire and Luton Green Belt Study, Final Report dated November 2016
Area Great Landscape Value
Significant impact on the settings of Grade 1, 2* and 2 listed buildings and Heritage assets
The site is not of adequate size to accommodate the proposed development and provide proper mitigation measures
Health and safety risk from pipelines within the site and the railway adjacent
The proposed site itself has a number of issues which have not been addressed including the following:-
Incinerators are a major contributor of dioxins to the environment
Dioxins have been linked with many cancers and neurological damage
1 World Health Organisation http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/dioxins-and-their-effects-on-human-health
There are many uncertainties over the health impacts of incinerators
1 Incineration of Health and Reported Health Effects, Health Protection Scotland, 2009.
2 The Impact on Health of Emissions to Air from Municipal Waste Incinerators, Public Health England, September 2009.
There are 40 schools within a 5 mile radius where children will be exposed to the chimney’s plume
1 House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Improving air quality- Fourth Report of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Session 2017–19. March 2018.
This plant will run 24/7 with constant noise pollution and light pollution at night
Air Quality - Pollutants released 24/7 will exacerbate poor air quality caused by heavy traffic and the airport. Luton already has areas where the air quality is so poor it is at illegal levels.
3 European Environment Agency Technical report No 1/2013; Road user charges for heavy goods vehicles (HGV)
Hundreds of additional vehicles daily will cause huge disruption locally and beyond
Accidents already frequent will become more probable
Construction will cause unbearable disruption across Harpenden and Luton with thousands of vehicles displaced
Construction will cause severe disruption across the area with thousands of vehicles displaced
Increased flood risk with severe consequences
‘The last thing the operator of the plant would want would be to have his fuel supply caught up in a traffic jam.’ Malcolm Evans of Emsrayne Renewable Energy (on BBC 3 Counties Radio 11/7/2018) - Thank you Malcolm, good to know!
It is not renewable energy
1 Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC
2 Energy from Waste- A Guide to the Debate. DEFRA, February 2014.
It is not green – it releases greenhouse gases
1 World Energy Council Report ‘World Energy Resources 2016- Waste to Energy’
It discourages recycling
It destroys valuable resources
LBEP – Lea Bank Energy Park as proposed by Emsrayne Renewable Energy
CBC – Central Bedfordshire Council
LBC – Luton borough council
HGV – Heavy Goods Vehicle
DVLA – Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority
FOI – Freedom of Information (request / response)