MALLUSK INCINERATOR: Planning appeal hearing postponed until October

Members of NoArc21 pictured with local political representatives outside the PAC offices. INNT 11-812CON
Members of NoArc21 pictured with local political representatives outside the PAC offices. INNT 11-812CON

Opponents of the proposed £240m waste incinerator development near Mallusk have voiced their disappointment after arc21’s bid to overturn the Environment Minister’s planning refusal decision was put on hold until the autumn.

Members of the NoArc21 group, which represents local residents opposed to the controversial Hightown Quarry plan, spoke out after last week’s pre-appeal hearing at the Planning Appeals Commission in Belfast.

Colin Buick, chairman of NoArc21.

Colin Buick, chairman of NoArc21.

The date for the hearing regarding arc21’s appeal, which was set to be held on Tuesday, May 24, has now been postponed until Tuesday, October 11.

Colin Buick, chairperson of NoArc21, said: “The request by arc21 legal representatives to argue, and be granted, a postponement of the full hearing date is extremely disappointing for all involved. Once again the lives of the community most effected by the incinerator project on the hills of north Belfast, Newtownabbey and Antrim are being placed on hold.”

The proposed arc21 incinerator site is situated off the Boghill Road in Mallusk. It is less than one kilometre away from residential areas.