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Britaniacrest submitted an appeal on 19th December 2018 against the refusal of the application.

APPEAL AND APPLICATION DOCUMENTS are on this West Sussex County Council web page:



Deadline for sending comments to the Planning Inspector was 4th March 2019, however you can request to speak for a few minutes at the Public Inquiry, even if you did not send application or appeal comments.

You need to attend Day 1 of the Inquiry, 10am Tuesday 29th October, at Horsham Sports Club, or send a proxy to register your name. You will be advised when to attend to speak, the option of an evening session is being requested. Please contact Ni4H for further information.


Reference: APP/P3800/W/18/3218965

APPEAL BY Britaniacrest Recycling Ltd
SITE AT Former Wealden Brickworks, Langhurst Wood Road, Horsham

View the latest version of the Bespoke Programme on the:

Appeals Casework Portal https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ case 3218965

You can tell the Inspector your thoughts and feelings about this proposal. You could also mention: the adverse Climate Change impacts, the need for us all to to reduce, reuse and recycle, incineration overcapacity and the WSCC 6 reasons for refusal which referenced the county waste strategy.

Climate Change Impacts

“The climate change impacts of incineration are worse than landfill. Most of what is incinerated could and should be recycled or composted.”


Read ‘Climate Change Report 2018’ and other relevant reports by United Kingdom Without Incineration Network (UKWIN). ukwin.org.uk

Incineration Overcapacity

Early Day Motion #581 Tabled 22 November 2017 for debate in the House of Commons


That this House notes in the UK there is now more waste incineration capacity built and under construction than it is forecast there will be genuinely residual combustible waste to burn; further notes that incineration overcapacity can be a barrier to achieving the recycling society; believes that realising such a recycling society would result in significant economic, social and environmental benefits; acknowledges the need to send a clear message that the waste hierarchy should shift focus away from incineration and towards waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting; and calls on the Government and the devolved governments to introduce a complete moratorium on new waste incineration capacity, covering both conventional waste incineration and other forms such as gasification and pyrolysis, as a matter of urgency. https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/51049

Download: Ni4H Briefing Paper – EDM #581 Moratorium on new waste incineration capacity

Energy recovery or disposal?

Operators who want their incinerator to be classed as an energy recovery plant under the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations must apply to the Environment Agency and justify that it is an R1 recovery operation, otherwise by default, it is a disposal activity (D10).

The significance of R1 status relates both to the eligibility to receive some subsidies, and to qualify as ‘recovery’ in the context of the waste hierarchy, as distinct from being classed as a ‘disposal’ operation at the bottom of the waste hierarchy (meaning the facility would not support raising waste management up the waste hierarchy).

Download: Ni4H Briefing Paper – R1 Recovery Status

West Sussex County Council’s 6 Reasons for Refusal

Permission for Planning Application Number WSCC/015/18/NH (Recycling, Recovery and Renewable Energy Facility and Ancillary Infrastructure at Former Wealden Brickworks, Langhurstwood Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4QD) was refused by West Sussex County Council for the following 6 reasons:

  1. It has not been demonstrated that the facility is needed to maintain net self-sufficiency to manage the transfer, recycling and treatment of waste generated within West Sussex. Therefore, the development is contrary to strategic objective 3 of the West Sussex Waste Local Plan 2014.
  2. The development would have an unacceptable impact on landscape and the visual amenity of the area, contrary to policies W12 and W13 of the West Sussex Waste Local Plan 2014.
  3. The development would have an unacceptable impact on highway capacity, contrary to Policies W10 and W18 of the West Sussex Waste Local Plan 2014.
  4. The development would have an unacceptable impact on residential amenity, contrary to Policies W10 and W19 of the West Sussex Waste Local Plan 2014.
  5. The development would have an unacceptable impact on public health, contrary to Policy W19 of the West Sussex Waste Local Plan 2014.
  6. The development, along with other existing, allocated and permitted development, including the North of Horsham development, would result in adverse cumulative impacts, contrary to W10 and W21 of the West Sussex Waste Local Plan 2014.

Where is the proposed site?

Former Wealden Brickworks, Langhurstwood Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4QD. In north Horsham, near the Brickworks and Biffa sites off the A264 close to Great Daux Roundabout.

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