Mor Hafren: Energy Recovery Facility

Received 29 October 2020
From Rhiannon Hargreaves


I am writing to lodge my objection in response of the above planning application to the proposal from Mor Hafren Bio Power to build a waste incinerator at land of Newlands Road, Wentloog, Cardiff. (Ref: DNS/3236340)

Please find attached my objections to planning application, DNS 3236340 which are outlined below:
The construction of an incinerator will put the health of local residents at risk and fails to tackle the climate and ecological emergency which Cardiff Council and Welsh Government have announced and are resolved to fight against. The development will have an impact on people living in the City of Cardiff and more widely. Existing incinerators in the UK have generated more than 11m tonnes of Co2. A further installation of this nature, producing in the region 650 tonnes of Co2 per day is incompatible with the declaration of the Welsh Government of a Climate Emergency insofar that it would help prevent reaching the pledge of carbon neutrality by 2030. This proposal is clearly inconsistent with the Welsh Governments obligations under the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
Incinerators create increases in air pollution, noise pollution and an increase in road traffic. Splott already has 1 waste incinerator, and with proposals for another in Wentloog, the east of Cardiff is at risk of up to three incinerators within close proximity to homes and schools in Splott, Tremorfa and Pengam Green. Given these incinerators currently in operation, a concentration of this nature with its adverse impact on health, would be unjustifiable.
Moreover, the proposed location is next to a gypsy and traveller caravan site which has a number of residents with existing disabilities and health conditions (including respiratory problems). I understand that projections of the smoke plume from the proposed incinerator chimney show nitrous oxide released at ground level and a 30% increase in concentration to surrounding areas. Given the combined impact of the two other local incinerators – this is a matter of even greater concern especially given the endemic presence of current viruses (Covid-19) which particularly attacks respiratory systems
There is absolutely no need for this proposed incinerator facility. Given current overcapacity in the incineration market, a new incinerator is likely to necessitate the import of waste from outside the local area creating significant harm (noise pollution, increased traffic) with no benefit for the local community.
I would request you fully take note of these concerns during the consideration of this application.
Yours sincerely,
Rhiannon Hargreaves