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Edmonton incinerator (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Joanne McCartney Joanne McCartney Labour

Given the Government’s commitment to meeting net zero-carbon by 2050, do you expect them to review the decision to press ahead with the rebuild of Edmonton incinerator?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The decision to approve the updating of the Edmonton Incinerator was made by Government back in February 2017 and work has already begun on the site. It is worth noting that an attempt for a judicial review on the Government’s decision was unsuccessful in November of last year.

The Government’s net zero-carbon commitment, the Court of Appeal ruling on Heathrow expansion and ongoing legal challenges to the redevelopment of the Drax power station have led to wide spread speculation about potential consequences for a number of the national policy statements that determine future planning decisions. It would be fruitless to contribute to this speculation unless and until more detailed national policies start to emerge. When they do, I will scrutinise them and what they mean for London and respond as appropriate.

I do not consider that London needs any further incineration other than that already built or with planning permission. I have therefore opposed the application for a new waste incinerator in Bexley.

Please see my response to Mayor's Question 2020/1387 and Mayor's Question 2020/1388.