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New Barnfield Planning Application


The Secretary of State issued a decision on the New Barnfield planning application on 8th July, 2014.

The decision was made that planning permission should be refused for the proposed development.  The decision can be viewed here.

The applicant, Veolia, will be challenging the decision in the High Court.  A date for a hearing has not been set as yet.

On the 24 October 2012 the committee meeting (of the Development Control Committee) considered the planning application for an energy from waste facility at New Barnfield. The committee passed a resolution to grant planning permission and the application was then referred to the Secretary of State for their consideration. On Monday 28th January 2013 we received a letter from the Secretary of State advising the application will be called in. The application will now be considered at a Public Inquiry. Further details of the timetable for the inquiry will be published here once available.

The application, which was submitted on 15 November 2011 by Veolia Environmental Services Ltd, seeks planning permission for the demolition of existing library and training buildings and the construction and operation of a recycling and energy recovery facility for the treatment of municipal, commercial and industrial wastes together with ancillary infrastructure including bulking/transfer facilities, administration/visitor centre, landscaping, habitat creation, drainage and highway improvement works on land at New Barnfield, Travellers Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Full details of the Planning Application, Environmental Statement and other documents can be viewed via our Atrium system here.

Further details of the validation and planning processes as well as public consultation can be found using the menu to the left.

Getting involved

The Planning Inspectorate will be determining the application.  If you wish to make any comments or representations about this further information (Reference Number 2192045), they should be sent to Leanne Palmer at the Planning Inspectorate. Any representations should be made in writing by email, letter or online by Wednesday 21 August 2013.


By Letter:  Three copies of comments sent by letter should be provided to the address below:

The Planning Inspectorate
3/02 Kite Wing
Temple Quay House
2 The Square
Bristol      BS1 6PN

Online: You can use the Internet to submit documents, to see information and to check the progress of this case through the Planning Portal. You can access this case by putting the above reference number (2192045) into the 'Case Ref' field of the 'Search' page and clicking on the search button. Please click here.

Please note that any comments you have previously made have been noted and recorded and will still be taken into account.