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Plans to build controversial new incinerator near Andover scrapped

How the incinerator was projected to look. Picture credits: Camargue

US-based company Wheelabrator have confirmed they have scrapped plans to build a new incinerator in Harewood, near Andover.

The proposals had faced heavy backlash from a group of protesters called 'Bin The Incinerator' who believed it may have had implications on local tourism, as well as air quality.

It's believed the incinerator would have been able to convert up to 500,000 tonnes of waste into energy.

Wheelebrator said it had decided to pull out of building the new facility after undertaking a 'strategic review'.

MP's across Hampshire, including MP for Romsey and Southampton North, Caroline Nokes had previously spoken out against the plans in Parliament.

MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, Steve Brine also reacted to the news with this statement on his Twitter page:

Campaign group Keep Test Valley Beautiful, reacted to the news by thanking 'everyone who has played their part in helping to make this happen.

Protesters had previously described the plans to build the incinerator as 'monstrous'.

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