Quinn Glass wins long-running planning battle

The UK Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government John Denham secured the future of the Quinn Glass plant on 3 November 2009, thanks to his decision to allow Cheshire We…

The UK Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government John Denham secured the future of the Quinn Glass plant on 3 November 2009, thanks to his decision to allow Cheshire West and Chester Council Planning Committee to finally approve its planning application for the facility. Quinn Glass has therefore won a long-running battle over the planning approval of its GBP 300 million glass container manufacturing and filling facility at Elton, Cheshire, which employs 700 people. Ardagh Glass has been fighting the local council in the UK courts to prevent the granting of retrospective planning permission to the Quinn Glass facility, without success. After the failure of the first legal attempt by Ardagh Glass, the judge who heard the case instructed the council to issue an enforcement notice against Quinn Glass instructing it to cease production and demolish its factory. However, after a successful appeal by Quinn Glass, the implementation of that order was also suspended. In a statement after receiving the decision, Quinn Glass director Adrian Curry described the approval as “great news” adding that the company was “delighted that common sense has prevailed in the end”.