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Permission granted for controversial Surrey 'eco park'

Controversial plans for an EfW incinerator have been given planning permission by Surrey County Council.

Members of the council’s planning committee approved the application from waste contractor SITA.

The Charlton Lane Eco Park was originally backed by the council in July 2011 but the decision was called in by the Government. Secretary of state for local government Eric Pickles gave the go-ahead for the development in December.

SITA and the council say the Eco Park will use batch oxidation gasification and anaerobic digestion to process 60,000 tonnes of household residual waste and 40,000 tonnes of food waste a year alongside an existing recycling centre. The facility will save council taxpayers £600,000 a month in landfill tax.

John Furey, Surrey council’s cabinet member for the environment, said the facility was an environmentally friendly way to deal with the county’s waste “while generating green electricity from rubbish that can’t be recycled”.

He said: “By reducing the amount of waste that is buried in the ground we’ll reduce the amount of greenhouses gases produced.”

The plans are opposed by local residents, politicians and Spelthorne Borough Council who are concerned about pollution and traffic. Spelthorne Against The Eco Park said in a statement: “This is a dark day for Shepperton and the surrounding area, Spelthorne and Surrey generally.”

“Our hopes now rely on Spelthorne Borough Council bringing the case up for a judicial review.”

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