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Viridor go-ahead for Avonmouth MRF and EfW plant

The High Court has dismissed an attempt by Bristol City Council to block Viridor from building a recycling and energy facility capable of processing a combined 500,000 tonnes of waste.

Last year the council refused planning permission to the company’s Avonmouth Resource Recovery Centre, which in addition to sorting recyclable materials, will be able to supply around 30MW of power to the National Grid.

Following a public inquiry the council’s decision was overturned by communities secretary Eric Pickles in April.

Bristol council launched an appeal, which was heard at the High Court, and the judges ruled in favour of Viridor.

Ian John, Viridor’s head of planning and permitting, said: “The challenge to overturn the secretary of state’s decision to grant planning permission was made on three grounds relating to the scope of the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment, the planning policy for the area and the awarding of costs against the council resulting from the inquiry.

“We are pleased that the challenge was dismissed on all three counts. We will continue to work on the submissions required by the planning permission so we can commence work on site as soon as possible and deliver this much-needed infrastructure project.”


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