Town council objects to green belt biogas plan
Landfill activity on the site due to end in 2017
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