Wapseys Wood site expansion proposed
Recovery facility planned to help to meet needs when landfill ceases
Landfilling will cease in December 2017 as the site in Gerrards Cross will become full to capacity, and to meet this Veolia Environmental Services want to build a Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) there.
In the supporting statement to Bucks County Council (BCC) Veolia state it will be ‘necessary to have alternative infrastructure’ to manage waste when landfilling ceases.
The statement also points towards the emerging Replacement Minerals and Waste Plan for Buckinghamshire, which identifies the need to find sites to deliver an additional 386,000 tonnes of new waste recovery capacity by 2026 for Bucks to meet landfill diversion targets.
The RRC will consist of a waste recovery facility (WRF) for waste recycling, transfer and refuse derived fuel (RDF) production and will divert waste that is currently going to landfill.
There also be anaerobic digestion facility, with a capacity of 50,000tpa.
Existing infrastructure will be used and the proposed new buildings will will be built in an area of the site that will no longer be landfilled.
The non technical summary warns against a ‘no development option’ on an environmental basis.
“Waste currently disposed of the site would be diverted elsewhere to other more distant recovery or disposal facilities,” it reads.
Implications of this would mean ‘waste that could be recycled or recovered could continue to be sent to landfill, which is contrary to government policy and would result in significant carbon emissions’.
It also argues that ‘regional aspirations’ on ‘strategic waste management’ would not at be met, and job opportunities, of which they say there would be 48, would not be created.
The application was submitted to BCC on May 17 and is currently being considered by South Bucks District Council.
The summary adds in conclusion: “It has been demonstrated that very special circumstances exist with the identified need, the lack of suitable alternative non-green belt sites, the characteristics of the site as a long established waste management site and the wider benefits of sustainable waste management. These very special circumstances are considered to outweigh the potential harm to the green belt.”