Residents fight fresh proposal for energy from waste facility

Controversial plans for an energy from waste plant in Surrey were submitted for approval this week.

Surrey Waste Management has proposed the facility for Clockhouse in Capel. It will be used to treat up to 110,000 tonnes of residual household waste. The plant could generate enough electricity to power around 8,000 homes.

The original proposals for the plant were quashed by the High Court in 2002 after the Capel Action Group opposed Surrey County Council's resolution to grant planning permission.

The judge said the council should have reconsidered the proposal because additional landfill capacity had become available since it last reviewed the plans. He added that it had misinterpreted local policy by approving plans on a mineral site allocated for restoration.

This week, the Capel Action Group claimed that the application is premature because an inspector's report for Surrey's minerals and waste local development framework is not due until early December, following a public examination.

Capel Action Group representative Paul Garber maintained: "The plant is in close proximity to communities. It is a greenfield site subject to special site of scientific interest considerations."


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