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Amendments to controversial waste plant approved

Surrey County Council has approved proposed changes to the controversial Shepperton Eco Park, which is due to be built by Sita UK.

Sita had proposed amendments to the height of anaerobic digesters and other tank areas, the heat process within the gasification technology, and the diameter of the 49m-tall chimney.

The council originally granted permission in 2011 and late that year communities secretary Eric Pickles ruled that there was no need to review the decision further.

A council spokesman said: “Our proposals promise to bring huge financial and environmental benefits to Surrey by treating 95,000 tonnes of waste a year, boosting our recycling rate towards 70% and powering around 8,400 homes. The planning committee decision brings us a step closer to achieving this.”

Between 300 and 400 protestors took to the site on 20 September to voice their displeasure ahead of the council meeting.

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