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Waste firm gains choice of planning permissions

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A waste company has gained two planning permissions for an incinerator site after a government ruling.

Viridor’s original application to build the incinerator at Ardley was rejected by Oxfordshire CC. It then lodged a second, different, application that the county council approved, which included a 35-year limit on the incinerator’s use and a requirement to take the county’s residual municipal waste

Now communities secretary Eric Pickles has accepted Viridor’s appeal against the first refusal, but has also imposed the same two conditions on the company.

But he refused to add another restriction sought by the council, to prevent Viridor taking in waste from outside Oxfordshire.

“It is up to Viridor which planning permission they proceed with,” a county council spokesman said.

“The restriction on taking waste from outside Oxfordshire was because of public concern about lorry traffic.”

The plant will be able to process 300,000 tonnes of waste, generating up to 24mw of electricity, diverting this volume from landfill.

Viridor, project manager Robert Ryan said: “The decision reflects the urgent need to provide a much needed alternative to landfill disposal.”

Oxfordshire welcomed the incinerator in its role as a waste disposal authority, said Ian Hudspeth (Con) cabinet member for growth and infrastructure:  “This is a much needed facility which will deliver both environmental and financial benefits to the people of Oxfordshire.”

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