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Plans submitted for EfW facility in Ardley

Viridor Waste Management has submitted a planning application to Oxfordshire County Council to build an energy-from-waste (EfW) facility.

The firm will go head-to-head with the Waste Recycling Group to compete for the councils 25-year residual waste contract.

Viridors proposals are for an EfW facility capable of processing up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste a year.

The company wants to build and operate the EfW facility at its landfill and recycling centre in Ardley, Oxfordshire.

Viridor project manager Robert Ryan said: The submission of our planning application follows a period of thorough public consultation. Since the start of September we have held stakeholder briefings and a two day public exhibition. We have analysed the comments received from the local community and fed that information into our proposals.

In fact, we delayed our submission in order to reduce the height of the EfW building by two metres. Not only will this further reduce the visual impact of the building, it will also reduce traffic during the construction phase, when compared with the pre-consultation design, because less material will be needed.

The planning application also includes a proposal to improve the existing household waste recycling centre.

Viridor expects that a decision on the plans will be reached by spring 2009.

Image: Artist impression of Ardley EfW

Previous story, Viridor starts Oxfordshire consultation, (03/09/08)

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