Town coun­cil ob­jects to green belt bio­gas plan

Land­fill ac­tiv­ity on the site due to end in 2017

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

GER­RARDS Cross Town Coun­cil has strongly ob­jected to pro­pos­als to build a Bio­gas cen­tre on green belt land.

Ve­o­lia En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices has ap­plied to con­vert Wapseys Wood land­fill site to a new waste cen­tre.

Be­cause land­fill is due to cease on the site in 2017, Ve­o­lia be­lieves a Re­source Re­cov­ery Cen­tre (RRC) should be built there to meet en­vi­ron­men­tal tar­gets.

In a sup­port­ing state­ment to Bucks County Coun­cil (BCC), the com­pany ar­gued it will be ‘nec­es­sary to have al­ter­na­tive in­fra­struc­ture’ to man­age waste when land­fill­ing ceases.

But Chris Brown, chair­man of Ger­rards Cross Town Coun­cil, slammed the plans, ar­gu­ing that to al­low a plant to built would be set­ting un­wanted prece­dents for the fu­ture.

He also says it is ‘not ac­cept­able’ to build in the green belt, and pointed to­wards an ap­pli­ca­tion re­jected by the coun­cil to build a tar­mac mor­tar plant.

“To build this fa­cil­ity on green belt re­quires very spe­cial cir­cum­stances to be demon­strated,” says the town coun­cil in its for­mal ob­jec­tion.

“This site has not been in­cluded in the BCC min­eral and waste lo­cal plan and is not re­quired by BCC to meet its land­fill di­ver­sion tar­gets. It is not a co-lo­cated fa­cil­ity as stated in the doc­u­ment, as there will be no waste fa­cil­ity at af­ter 2017.”

The coun­cil adds that the ap­pli­ca­tion is in­dus­trial and there­fore not com­pat­i­ble with green belt, and ar­gues that waste can al­ready be pro­cessed at BCC’s new in­cin­er­a­tor in Calvert.

The coun­cil also says there is in­suf­fi­cient waste to war­rant build­ing the fa­cil­ity and pointed to­wards Springfield Farm in Bea­cons­field as a place where waste can be sent af­ter 2017.

Ac­cess to the site is also an­other rea­son the coun­cil has ob­jected, as the only ac­cess road is on the A40 Ox­ford Road.

And be­cause the ap­pli­ca­tion is for a 24 hour op­er­a­tion, the coun­cil say that peo­ple liv­ing nearby would be dis­turbed by the noise.

To build this fa­cil­ity on green belt land re­quires very spe­cial cir­cum­stances to be demon­strated

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