The Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment has complained to the European Commission over An Bord Pleanála’s decision to extend time for Indaver Ireland to secure planning permission application for its incinerator.

CHASE said ‘the perpetual granting of extensions’, rather than taking a decision, ‘constitutes unfair procedures’.

A CHASE spokesperson claimed An Bord Pleanála was engaging in a ‘never-ending facilitation of the developer’ and this was ‘in breach of Irish and European requirements for fair procedures’.

Indaver has been granted an extension until to 3 August to submit further information on flooding and coastal erosion mitigation measures.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Indaver said: ‘Bord Pleanála requested additional information from us in order to reach a final decision.

'We indicated that given the depth of the information requested, we would need additional time and a three month extension was granted.

'If this serves to assist the decision making process, then ultimately it is in everyone's interest.’