Venue: The Cricket Centre, Plough Lane, Wallington SM6 8JQ
Dates: Monday, 17 June, 2013
Public consultation has begun on the draft Environmental Permit for Viridor Waste Management Ltd’s energy recovery facility in Beddington Lane, Sutton, inviting local residents and interest groups to comment on the draft permit for the final time.
The proposals, submitted by Viridor Waste Management Ltd for a new facility on part of the existing Viridor landfill and recycling site, are now entering their final phase as the Environment Agency considers approving an environmental permit for the site. The plant needs a permit from the Environment Agency which would, if granted, set limits that will ensure the installation operates without causing harm to the environment and human health. The local community will be able to see the draft permit and find out more about the Environment Agency’s regulatory role in this process at a drop-in session that will take place in Wallington.
The planned facility will be operated by Viridor Waste Management Ltd., and will be capable of processing 302,500 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per year. The proposed facility will divert 95 per cent of waste from the existing Beddington Farmlands landfill and generate 26MW of electricity, which will power the site itself and provide over 22MW to the National Grid.
The application has been the subject of a rigorous assessment process, including a public consultation in October 2012. There is still time for local people to submit comments and information to the Environment Agency in writing before 30 June 2013.
Environment Manager Chris Hazelton said: “We have carried out a thorough assessment of the application, and have carried out a wide consultation that has received comments from members of the public and other organisations.
“An environmental permit sets out stringent conditions that a plant must adhere to. We will not issue an environmental permit for any industrial site if we consider it will cause significant pollution to the environment or harm human health.
“Although we have reached the stage where we are considering issuing a permit, we want to hear from the public and understand peoples’ views. This last stage of consultation will give everybody the chance to see what the permit may look like and to raise any additional concerns before we make any final decision.”
The draft permit is also available to view on Public Registers at the Environment Agency’s office at Orchard House, Endeavour Park, London Road, Addington, West Malling, Kent ME19 5SH or London Borough of Sutton, 24 Denmark Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2JG
The closing date for comments is 30 June 2013. Comments can be given to us at the meeting on 17 June or via the Environment Agency website.
For more information, or to confirm attendance, please email Alan Dengate at the Environment Agency or call 01732 22 3203.