Controversial plans to build an energy-from-waste plant in Surrey have been given the go-ahead.
Eric Pickles, secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, has said there is no need to further review the decision to grant planning permission for the development at Charlton Lane in Shepperton.
Planning permission was granted to Sita in July for the Eco Park, which will process 40,000 tonnes of food waste and 60,000 tonnes of household waste a year. However, local campaigners had appealed for the secretary of state to refuse it as a “wholly inappropriate proposal”.
In October, the Advertising Standards Authority upheld complaints from residents about Sita’s publicity material. ASA ruled that the technology promoted by Sita was not the same as that which would be used at the new facility.
Spelthorne Against the Eco Park (SATEP) said the publicity material was “disingenuous at a basic level” and called for the consultation to be declared “null and void”.
Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for transport and environment, welcomed the decision to give the plans the go-ahead.
He said: “The Eco Park will help reduce our £600,000-a-month landfill tax bill by disposing of waste in a more cost effective way, while generating green electricity from rubbish that can’t be recycled and which previously would have been buried in the ground.”