AN INQUIRY into plans to build an incinerator in Gloucestershire will resume its proceedings next week.
Urbaser Balfor Beatty’s controversial £500million plans for the energy-from-waste plant at Javelin Park, near junction 12 of the M5, were refused by county councillors in 2013 but the firm appealed and a planning inquiry got under way in December.
The inquiry, which is being held at the Hallmark Hotel, in Matson, will resume on Tuesday, January 14.
It will be the first session since it began where members of the public can put forward their views.
So far the debate has ensued between the main parties – Urbaser Balfour Beatty and those arguing against the plans, including Gloucestershire County Council, Stroud District Council, campaign group GlosVAIN and the Friends of the Earth Network.
Other planned dates for the inquiry iare January 15, 16 and 17 then January 21 to 24, followed by January 28.
There will then be a break in the inquiry until March when it will resume on March 25, 26, 27 and 28.
That is expected to be the end of the inquiry, being led by planning inspector Brian Cook, who will then prepare his findings and recommendations.
The decision will then be made by communities secretary of state Eric Pickles later in 2014. It could take until the end of the year before any decision is made.