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Sutton considers £200m ERF plans

Viridor has submitted plans for an energy recovery facility (ERF) in London capable of processing around 275,000 tonnes of residual waste a year, generating enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes.  

Following concerns from local campaigners and air quality assessments, the chimney height of the proposed facility in the borough of Sutton has been reduced from 100m to 85m.

The proposed ERF would be built on the council’s existing landfill and recycling site on Beddington Lane. The development includes plans to restore the existing landfill site.

Ian John, Viridor head of planning, said: “We have been proactive in engaging with the local community seeking their views and the feedback received has been taken into account in the development of our application.

“The environmental statement that accompanies the planning application contains the assessments carried out by independent experts of the potential impacts associated with the proposals.

“The results show that there will be no significant adverse impacts to the local community or the environment from the proposed ERF.”

Sutton Council is expected to make a decision on the application in early 2013. If Viridor get the go-ahead construction of the facility will take about three years to complete.

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