London’s Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning Sir Edward Lister has backed Viridor’s proposal to build an EfW facility at Beddington, adding support to plans had already been agreed by the Borough of Sutton council.
The plant will process 275,000 tonnes of waste per year and is expected to generate 26MW. Building the plant will mean that a nearby landfill site, also operated by Viridor, can close.
The EfW facility will generate power from commercial and industrial waste as well as household collections and is expected to save £197m over its 25-year contract period compared to the costs of running the landfill site.
Construction is expected to last three years and will begin once the proposal has been passed by the secretary of state.
Ian John, head of planning at Viridor said the “decision builds on the approval of the London Borough of Sutton and is another important step towards achieving planning permission and the delivery of next generation infrastructure for South London.”
However, Jenny Jones, Green party member of the London Assembly did not welcome the announcement, and described the project as an “environmental disaster.” She told the BBC: “The Mayor has failed to observe his own planning and waste policies which state that incineration is the least desirable form of waste management.”