A multi-disciplinary team from SLR has helped Viridor secure a change to the means of transporting refuse derived fuel (RDF) to the largest Energy from Waste (EfW) combined heat and power facility in the UK.
The facility in Runcorn, which will manage up to 850,000 tonnes of RDF a year and supply heat and power to the adjacent INEOS ChlorVinyls chemical works, was subject to an unusual planning restriction that specified that 90 per cent of the waste had to be delivered by rail.
SLR waste and carbon experts were able to demonstrate that it was actually more sustainable for local deliveries of waste to come by road. This was backed up by comprehensive technical assessment work to show that the increase in traffic would not have an adverse impact on local residents or the environment.
Technical Director, Chris Herbert, acted as the planning witness at the inquiry – his third such success for Viridor after Ardley and Avonmouth EfWs.
“This case was yet another example of elected members ignoring the clear professional advice of their officers which has led to the full costs for the inquiry being awarded against the Council,” said Chris.
“Once again, the decision demonstrates the strength of our technical disciplines in delivering high quality assessment and expert witness support to clients – enabling their developments to proceed.”