Carson McDowell successfully opposes major waste incinerator proposed for Lough Neagh

02 January 2013


Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood recently announced his decision to refuse planning permission for construction of a major chicken waste incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh.

Gary McGhee, planning and environmental partner at Carson McDowell advised on and co-ordinated the opposition to the large scale facility on behalf of Communities Against the Lough Neagh Incinerator (CALNI).

Minister Attwood explained his decision by saying "...economic arguments must be balanced against the protection of the environment and other needs. In my view a facility of this scale should not be located in a sensitive rural location on the shores of Lough Neagh. I am also concerned by the negative impact on the amenity of surrounding dwellings and the wider community as well as a general increase of heavy traffic on rural roads. It is also contrary to current rural planning policy and has impacts on other businesses and industry.

While accepting a need to deal with waste from the poultry industry I can see no site specific need in relation to this particular location. I stress that I do support the concept of Energy from Waste, but such facilities must be properly located. This proposal is not in the right place."

Speaking about the Minister's decision, CALNI Chairman, Ray Clarke said:

"This is the end of a five-year battle and a very welcome Christmas present for the people of Glenavy. I would like to wholeheartedly thank those that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this day possible and those who have supported this campaign both here in Northern Ireland and further afield."