MP raises concerns about new permit for work on site of 12-week blaze

Fire in Appspond Lane, Potters Couch. Picture by Jim Garnett.

Fire in Appspond Lane, Potters Couch. Picture by Jim Garnett.

A bid to transform the site of a 12-week blaze into a biomass development to generate electricity fuelled by wood chips has been backed by the Environment Agency (EA).

A permit for the Appspond Lane site – on the border of Hemel Hempstead and St Albans – has now been granted for the work to Navitas Environmental Limited.

But St Albans MP Anne Main said: “There is a long history of mismanagement at the site and the EA must reassure me and my constituents that this will never happen again.”

The EA stripped previous site operators Wood Recycling Services Ltd, which went into voluntary liquidation last year, of its operating licences after the November 2012 fire.

The EA says it granted the new permit after a ‘thorough assessment’ to ensure the environment is not at risk.

There will be limits to the amounts of wood that can be stored and process on the site.

Mr Dobson said: “We will ensure they keep to the conditions of their permit and adopt best practice. If they breach any condition of the permit we will take appropriate action against them.”




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