Date set for appeal against incinerator planning ruling

A date has been set for an appeal against a High Court judge's ruling that planning approval for a new £240m waste incinerator on the outskirts of north Belfast was unlawful.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 24th May 2018, 5:39 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 8:48 am
Campaigners celebrate their court victory earlier this month
Campaigners celebrate their court victory earlier this month

Earlier this month, Mrs Justice Keegan backed claims that a senior civil servant did not have legal power to give the green light for the major waste disposal facility at Hightown Quarry in Mallusk following the collapse of devolution.

In September last year, the Department for Infrastructure said it was in the public interest for the waste management system to be built, describing it as being of strategic importance for the Province.

The decision to grant planning approval came months after the Stormont Executive collapsed in January 2017.

Judicial review proceedings were issued by Colin Buick, the chairperson of a community group named ‘NoArc21’, who are opposed to the project.

Following the High Court ruling, the Department of Infrastructure announced their intention to appeal.

On May 16, a spokesperson for the department said: “The department is seeking clarity on the law in this case and in relation to decision making on other regionally significant planning applications. While the appeal process is under way, the department will not take any further decisions on regionally significant applications and continues to carefully consider the full implications of the judgment on other planning cases.”

The Notice of Appeal was lodged on May 21 and the case has been listed for hearing on June 25.