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Viridor gains consent for major landfill changes

After two years of consultation, Viridor Waste Management (VWM) has finally gained consent for major changes at one of its landfill sites.

The Parkwood facility in Sheffield has been the source of great debate, but a landscaped buffer zone will now be constructed at the north of the site to provide a green visual shield for local residents.

Landfilling operations will also be moved back from houses by at least 50 metres and  will continue to move away from the residential area while waste management activities on the site will cease altogether by 2018 at the latest.

VWM regional manager Robert Armstrong said: We are pleased with this outcome. It means that we can build the buffer zone to separate the Standish homes from areas where we still have to tip active waste, and work will start right away.

We will now work hard to continue the improvements to the site and to deliver this landscaping while still providing an essential service for our customers.

The company will move large volumes of soil and rock from another part of the site to the north east corner, having willingly given up the right to tip almost up to the gardens.

This will give the homes backing on to the site a better outlook from ground level, while retaining distant views across the city. Tipping of active, non-hazardous municipal and commercial wastes will then continue systematically until the site is complete by 2018.

Armstrong added: Conditions attached to the consent aid transparency and establish clear working parameters that did not exist before. This will address the priorities identified by local residents and support our positive relations with the community and stakeholders.

Following completion and capping of the landfill, VWM will continue to take long term responsibility for monitoring and management of the site and delivery of renewable power.


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