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RRS will wait for preferred bidder announcement before revisiting Cheshire planning proposal

Resource Recovery Solutions (RRS) is not going to make a decision to appeal or submit a revised planning application for its proposed waste treatment facility until Cheshire West and Chester Council announces its preferred bidder.

In June, the council rejected planning applications submitted by both RRS and Viridor, the other bidder in the running for its waste PFI contract. Viridor submitted a revised planning proposal to build a mechanical biological treatment facility (MBT) last month.

A spokesperson for RRS said: “We are going to wait until the council announces the decision on the preferred bidder for its waste contract before confirming our response to the refusal by the Strategic Planning Committee to grant planning permission for our proposed waste treatment plant in Wincham.”

The local authority refused RRS planning permission because the site at New Cheshire Business Park was not allocated in the waste local plan. It also felt there was an overprovision of waste capacity and could cause a detrimental effect on the local community, in particular on local roads such as the A559. 

RRS hopes to build a gasification plant in Wincham, and will build three waste transfer stations in Crewe, Macclesfield and Ellesmere Port to support the facility. The system will divert 180,000 tonnes of waste from landfill.

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