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North Buckinghamshire council talks to reserve bidder as Agrivert plans rejected

Plans for an Agrivert in-vessel composting site for North Buckinghamshire have been rejected for road safety reasons, despite an initial Highway Agency project recommendation on approval. The facility was planned for Manor Farm, Harwick but following the Planning Inspectorates rejection of the scheme the council is now considering a another site and is in talks with the Composting Company and asset management company Calvert. If the bid progresses an in-vessel facility will be built in the north of the county.

Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Waste Martin Tett said: We are currently in talks with our reserve bidder and, provided everything goes to plan, hope to confirm the proposed site shortly.
A decision on the bid is expected in the next couple of weeks.  

In November 2007 the Councils Development Control committee rejected a second planning application by Agrivert, to build a facility at Hardwick, which would have converted 25,000 tonnes a year of local residents' food, cardboard and garden waste into compost. This was taken to appeal by Agrivert.

Tett added: The large amounts of waste being produced in Buckinghamshire means the Council has to build a facility which will help divert waste from landfill. If we do not meet the landfill diversion targets for biodegradable waste set by the Government and EU, council taxpayers will end up paying around £150 a tonne in fines as well as an increase in landfill tax.

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