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High Court rejects incinerator plan

The High Court has ruled that a planning application for an incinerator in Mallusk, County Antrim, should not proceed. 
Plans for the incinerator, which was proposed by the waste management firm Arc21, was approved by a senior civil servant.  However, Mrs Justice Keegan ruled that, despite the absence of a local assembly and minister, the decision should not have been made by a civil servant.  She said that parliament cannot have intended ‘such decision-making would continue in Northern Ireland in the absence of ministers without the protection of democratic accountability’.
The ruling has been welcomed by residents who opposed the incinerator plans.  Colin Buick, chairperson of NoArc21 said
‘We hope that today’s judgment will act as a wake up call to the Department of Infrastructure.   Now is an opportune time for the department to take stock and completely review its waste management strategy.’
The decision will have implications for local government with many predicting that direct rule looks now imminent. 
Read BBC’s article here.  Read coverage from The Belfast Telegraph here.

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