Objection to ARC21 Incinerator

The proposal from Greater Belfast waste consortium Arc21 and Becon to build a £240million incinerator and MBT plant at the Hightown Quarry near Mallusk was met with huge opposition from local residents and political leaders. A planning application for the controversial project was submitted in early 2014. We were engaged to provide both planning and public affairs support to a neighbour landowner client and the community development association.

Issues Encountered

  • Harnessing clear local opposition to the scheme into an effective lobbying campaign (3000 objections had been submitted by April 2015)
  • Coordinating various sub consultants to examine and challenge EIA, traffic, need and economics of proposal
  • Demonstrating the location and technology as unsuitable
  • Informing key politicians and decision makers of efw provision elsewhere in NI; limited supply of waste; excessive capacity in proposal
  • Significant resources were deployed by applicants team to promote development

Our Involvement

We coordinated an array of sub-consultants and various community activists to assist in making representations to DoE and all the key political decision makers. The objection campaign also utilised various new technologies including online and social media platforms to raise awareness and generate informed opposition. As well as planning support, we also secured complete cross party political support for the NoArc21 campaign demonstrated through a motion tabled in the Northern Ireland Assembly in December 2014 – a debate in which not one single MLA spoke in favour of Arc21.

Details

  • Location:Mallusk
  • Client:Fraser Houses and Maydown Development Association
  • Status:Ongoing
  • Type:Planning / Public Affairs
Belfast:
1 Pavilions Office Park, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, BT18 9JQ
Dublin:
Denshaw House, 121 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Team Awards
  • CIPR Gold Award Winner for Outstanding Small Consultancy
  • CIPR Gold Award Winner for Public Affairs
  • RTPI UK and Ireland Small Planning Consultancy of the Year Award
Accreditations
RTPI
Irish Planning Institue
CIPR
Gravis Planning
Belfast:
1 Pavilions Office Park, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, BT18 9JQ
Dublin:
Denshaw House, 121 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland