We are very disappointed to report that on 9th April 2020 the Secretary of State made their decision: a development consent order has been granted for the Riverside Energy Park project. A copy of The Planning Inspectorate’s notice of decision can be found here. We now have just six weeks to submit a legal challenge by way of judicial review.

In additional to planning permission, the new plant also requires an Environmental Permit. This is issued by the Environment Agency who wrote a draft permit following an initial consultation in 2019. They held their final public consultation between 25th March and 24th April 2020 to ensure nothing had materially changed before the permit is granted. Several MPs and members of Greenwich-Bexley Environment Alliance submitted their objections. We now await the officer’s decision.

Image from Cory’s website showing the existing and proposed incinerator buildings

Full details of the project’s planning timeline can be found here.

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