Newhaven Clinical waste plant given green light

Plans to open a medical waste plant in Newhaven have been given the go-ahead by East Sussex planners. At a meeting on Wednesday (January 16), East Sussex County Council planners approved an application from Clean Thermodynamic Energy Conversion Limited to develop a waste plant at the East Quay Industrial Estate.

The plant, to operate under the trade name Medipower, is expected to see up to 12 tonnes of non-hazardous medical waste disposed of each day, through an electricity and heat creating process known as gasification. While the proposals had proven controversial with residents, the committee unanimously backed an officer’s recommendation to grant planning permission.

Putting forward a motion to grant planning permission,  Bob Bowdler (Con. – Hailsham Market) said: “I’ve read the report and I find it difficult to find anything not to like about it. “I think it makes a positive contribution environmentally and to the local economy, so I am happy to propose we accept the officer’s recommendation.”

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