Appeal over blocked incinerator

The firm behind a plan for an incinerator capable of turning 300,000 tonnes of waste a year into power have vowed to appeal after it was thrown out by councillors.

Viridor is appealing Oxfordshire County Council’s planning and regulation committee decision to refuse planning permission for the scheme at its existing landfill and recycling site in Ardley.

Councillors sitting on the committee voted against the recommendation of their planning officers in October, refusing permission citing the building of a large permanent building in the countryside.

Today (January 4) Viridor announced its stating there it was ‘clear there is a strong case’ to appeal as there is ‘an essential need’ for a local treatment facility to help the council manage its residual waste more sustainably.

The site will generate up to 24MW of electricity – enough to power more than 24,000 homes, it will also create around 40 permanent jobs and about 200 during construction.

The firm’s project manager, Robert Ryan, said: “We were very disappointed by the original planning decision.

“Our proposal has been designed to provide a safe and cost-effective solution to Oxfordshire’s residual waste treatment needs in line with the local, regional and national waste strategy and planning policies.

“As Oxfordshire’s preferred bidder, we are keen to move forward in providing the county with a much needed first-class facility.

“We’ll continue engaging with the local community and other parties during the process and hope planning consent can be achieved soon.”

Luke Walsh

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