Planning and Permitting
In 2013, the project received approval under the UK’s Development Consent Order procedures for the delivery of nationally important infrastructure. The planning approvals process involved a comprehensive and wide-ranging requirement to consult local people and businesses, councils, environmental groups and statutory bodies about the proposal, providing just as much opportunity (if not more) than with a normal planning application. In addition, a full Health Impact Assessment was performed. Now through the partnership with Veolia, the project is moving forward and will provide a much needed local waste management solution.
Click here to read the consultation report as well as its appendices here. The Joint Committee report on the facility can be found here and the Order granting development consent for the facility can be found by clicking here.
In February 2019, the Court of Appeal granted permission for a hearing in the project’s permit. Covanta’s statement on this process can be viewed here.
Until recently the UK’s Planning Inspectorate’s (previously called the Infrastructure Planning Commission until April 2012) website housed all Development Consent Order (DCO) documents for the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility. However, they are no longer available.
To ensure these documents are still available for public reference, Covanta has since created a new archive for the DCO materials, together with a range of related planning decisions, Joint Committee reports and copies of the project’s Section 106 Agreements.
To view the archive, please click here to access the index.
Did You Know?It has often been incorrectly stated that there will be 600 HGVs entering and leaving the ERF each day - the true figure is much lower. The most recent forecast shows that approximately 100 HGVs will deliver waste each day and another 25 will take ash away for recycling and/or secure disposal. That’s approximately 250 HGVs movements per day. -