AmeyCespa’s proposals for a new, state-of-the-art waste treatment facility in Milton Keynes were approved by Milton Keynes Council’s Development Control Committee last night (11 July).
The proposals for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park were approved unanimously following the recommendation for approval by the council’s planning officers. The application for the new facility, submitted in April, followed six months of consultation and community liaison across the borough.
The new facility – to be built on an existing brownfield site on Dickens Road in Old Wolverton - will give Milton Keynes Council savings in excess of £50million on its current waste management bill and help reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill. Combined with Milton Keynes Council’s existing recycling schemes, the new facility will mean that only around 2% of the borough’s waste will be landfilled.
Andrew Cousins, Project Manager for AmeyCespa, said: “We are delighted that the Development Control Committee has approved our proposals for Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park.
“This facility will utilise the most up-to-date and cost effective technologies to deal with the borough’s waste. It will make the most of people’s everyday rubbish, ensuring as much is recycled as economically possible as well as generating renewable energy and creating electricity from waste which would otherwise have gone to landfill. This in turn creates a saving for the council and ultimately Milton Keynes taxpayers.
“We aim to begin construction of Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park in 2014, with it starting to process waste in 2016. During this time, we remain committed to working with the local community, involving them in our proposals and answering any questions they may have.
”Councillor David Hopkins, Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment, said: “I’d like to congratulate AmeyCespa for gaining planning approval to proceed with this innovative and cost-saving project and thank them for all their hard work so far in engaging with the local community about the facility.”
Having signed a contract for the project with Milton Keynes Council in June, AmeyCespa is currently waiting for its application for an environmental permit for the facility to be determined by the Environment Agency. A decision is expected in the coming months.
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