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Grundon Waste Management’s proposed 14 MW waste to energy gasification facility and 60,000 tonne per year materials recycling facility in Ford, West Sussex has been granted planning permission.

The company explained that its new Circular Technology Park would be a redevelopment of a brownfield 6.5 hectare site, formerly used as a block making plant (pictured).

The new site is expected to process up to 200,000 tonnes of materials per year, which Grundon said would make a significant contribution towards West Sussex County Council’s commitment to ‘zero waste to landfill’ and will prevent the equivalent of 28,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane, being generated per annum – equivalent to removing 13,000 cars from the roads each year.

Back in June this year, West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee Members resolved to defer the application in order to seek clarifications on the following three points:

The likely operational impact of a potential reduction of operating hours of the Materials Recovery Facility

Potential conflicts between HGVs and pedestrians/cyclists arising from the proposed western access and eastern egress

Potential conflicts with Policy W10 of the adopted West Sussex Waste Local Plan relating to access arrangements and the potential impact of HGVs on amenity.

On June 25 this year Grundon addressed those issues in a correspondence with the Planning Committee, and this week was awarded planning permission for the site.

The company said that new facility will include a materials recycling facility, enabling 60,000 tonnes of materials such as paper, cardboard, glass and metals to be recycled.

The site will also include an Advanced Thermal Treatment waste to energy facility.

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