Revised Ford incinerator plans submitted

Revised plans for an unpopular incinerator in Ford have been submitted.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 3:43 pm

Grundon Waste Management and Viridor lodged an initial planning application last summer for an energy recovery facility as well as a waste sorting and transfer facility at the Ford Circular Technology Park.

Permission for a much smaller facility was granted on the same site back in 2015.

But strong objections have been raised about the sheer scale of the new proposals in particular the height of the chimney and massing of the main building.

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The application has been withdrawn and a revised one submitted to West Sussex County Council.

Grundon and Viridor say they have listened to feedback and have made a ‘number of significant updates’ to the plans.

Among the changes that have been made is a reduction in the proposed height of the main energy recovery facility building by 12.7 metres (lowering it from 51.7 metres to 38.5 metres).

The facility has also undergone a major architectural redesign which has enabled changes to the site layout and created space for new green areas and landscaping, with the aim of helping screen the facilities.

The waste sorting and transfer facility has also been reduced in size – without decreasing its waste management capacity.

Philip Atkinson, Ford Energy from Waste director, said: “I’d like to thank everybody who took the time to respond to the consultations on our proposals last year.

“As a responsible developer, we have taken the time to review and consider all of that feedback to ensure we have put forward the best application.

“We’ve made several significant changes to our plans but, critically, these changes have been made without compromising the waste management capacity or the energy generation output of the facilities.

“These were both important considerations, given the significant waste management capacity gap in West Sussex.”

To comment on the revised plans visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/planning using code WSCC/011/21.