Sita UK has been granted planning permission by Surrey County Council for its proposed Eco Park at Charlton Lane in Shepperton, subject to it being referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
The Eco Park will include anaerobic digestion and batch oxidation system gasification facilities, which will generate electricity from 40,000 tonnes of food waste and 60,000 tonnes of household waste a year respectively. Sita said the facility would also include a recyclables bulking facility and improvements to the existing community recycling centre, as well as extensive landscaping.
Sita UK planning manager Gareth Phillips said: “We are delighted the County Planning Authority has agreed to permit the development of the Eco Park. Surrey needs facilities like these to deal with the county’s waste in an environmentally friendly and cost effective way. The Eco Park is a key part of Surrey County Council’s waste management programme which aims to deliver a world class solution for the county.”
Referral to the Secretary of State is a routine requirement for applications that are a departure from the development plan - the planning policy document for this area of Surrey. The Secretary of State has 21 days to advise if he would like to review the decision.