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£200m Viridor EfW gets green light

Final planning permission for a £200m energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Beddington, Sutton, has been awarded to Viridor following an appeal from local politicians.

As reported in MRW, the London Borough of Sutton had originally granted planning permission for the site in March 2014.

But a legal challenge was filed by local Green Party candidate Shasha Khan, resulting in the decision needing to be further scrutinised by the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Speaking on behalf of Viridor, head of development projects Robert Ryan said: “Our facility will provide a safe, robust, cost-effective and environmentally-sound solution to the South London Waste Partnership’s residual waste treatment needs.

“We can now engage with our partners to start the necessary final design and preparation works for construction to begin later this summer.”

The original agreement between the council and waste management company included a community fund, a combined heat and power (CHP) working group, an education and visitor centre, full-time warden and funding for off-site planting.

A spokesperson for Sutton Council said: “The court’s decision confirms that the planning decision-making process was followed correctly by the council in its role as the local planning authority.

“We will ensure that the development of the facility by Viridor is undertaken in accordance with the planning permission.”

The facility will process 275,000 tonnes of residual, post-recycling waste with landfill diversion of around 95% of waste delivered there. It will generate 26MW of electricity to be supplied to the National Grid, enough to power around 30,000.

The plant promises to create around 40 permanent jobs and hundreds temporarily during construction.

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