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Viridor appeals Oxfordshire EfW refusal

Viridor has appealed Oxfordshire County Councils decision to refuse the construction of a £100M energy from waste facility in Ardley. (See MRW story)

The waste management firm believes it has a strong appeal case because the area needs the local treatment facility in order to help the council manage its waste more sustainably and to avoid costly fines and increasing landfill taxes.

Appointed as the preferred bidder in September 2009, Viridor was denied planning permission in October, although planning officers recommended it for approval.
Viridor project manager Robert Ryan said: We were very disappointed by the original planning decision.

Our site is already an established waste management site with good access to the road network. Statutory bodies such as the Highways Agency and the Environment Agency were satisfied that there were no significant negative impacts on the local area. On the contrary, our proposal delivers significant economic and other benefits, including the creation of jobs and the production of electricity.

Once built the EfW would be capable of processing 300,000 tonnes of residual, non-recyclable waste and generating enough electricity to power 24,000 homes.

The Planning Inspectorate has received the documentation about the case which must be reviewed and validated within the next few days, when an appeal date will also be confirmed.

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