Have your say on the burning issue

An artist's impression of the Allerton Park incinerator project. (S)
An artist's impression of the Allerton Park incinerator project. (S)

Residents can find out more about the controversial Allerton Park incinerator project at an Environment Agency event on Thursday.

The £900m project, which is being opposed by the Harrogate Advertiser series, 45 parish councils and more than 10,000 residents, is being put forward by North Yorkshire County Council and contractor AmeyCespa.

On Thursday, the Environment Agency will mark the start of its consultation on an environmental permit application for the proposed plant with a drop-in session at Knaresborough House on Knaresborough High Street, from 11.30am to 7.30pm.

Environment Agency officers will be available to discuss the application and answer any questions about the permitting process.

The agency’s role is to ensure that any facility, if built, is designed and operated to ensure a high level of protection for the environment and human health.

The consultation runs until August 31, with copies of documents available to view at Harrogate Borough Council’s offices at Springfield House on Kings Road.

Comments should be made in writing by emailing psc@environment-agency.gov.uk or writing to PSC - EP Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF, and include the application number EPR/NP3034CG/A001.

The consultation on the permit application provides members of the public with the opportunity to comment on issues like air quality, noise, vibration and odour control.

It does not relate to planning issues like traffic movements, visual impact, operating hours and light pollution.

Comments are normally placed on the public register. If you do not want your comments to appear there, this should be requested.

Planning permission for the proposed facility has been submitted and is to be determined by North Yorkshire County Council.