A potential new site has been found for the Lakeside energy-from-waste (EfW) plant, which is due to be demolished if nearby Heathrow airport’s third runway is built.
Owners Grundon Waste Management and Viridor now plan to develop a replacement facility west of the Iver South treatment works, around 600m north west of the current location (pictured).
Lakeside has been working with Heathrow to replace the EfW plant and its associated high-temperature incinerator since former transport minister Jo Johnson told MPs last May that the Government did not regard the plant as a strategic asset, and any replacement would be a commercial matter for its owners to pursue with the airport.
Lakeside is carrying out detailed site studies and environmental assessments for a planning application, with public consultation events due this spring.
Director Richard Skehens said: “This is a major step towards replacing these important facilities, which play a valuable strategic role in regional and national waste management policy.”
Lakeside processes 440,000 tonnes a year of non-recyclable waste, primarily from the West London Waste Authority and adjacent council areas. It generates 37MW of power and directly employs 77 people.
This article was updated on 13 February