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Ardley incinerator achieves planning approval from Eric Pickles

A planning appeal has been granted by communities secretary Eric Pickles for the 300,000-tonne energy-from-waste (EfW) facility at a landfill site in Ardley, Oxfordshire.

Although Pickles was minded to uphold Viridor’s appeal against the decision by Oxfordshire County Council to reject the application in December 2010, the decision was deferred until now so that further representations could be received.

Viridor project manager Robert Ryan said: “The decision reflects the urgent need to provide a much- needed alternative to landfill disposal. Our proposed development will provide a long-term solution to Oxfordshire’s residual waste treatment needs which is safe, robust and cost-effective.”

When complete, the facility is expected to generate 24MW of electricity from residual, non-recyclable waste.

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