Cardiff councillors call for enforcement action on Viridor over contract breach


Two members of Cardiff City Council’s cabinet have called for enforcement action to be taken against Viridor over what they describe as a contract breach.

The councillors, Huw Thomas and Luke Holland, have also stated their “fundamental objection” to the construction of a £180 million energy from waste plant in their ward Splott.


Viridor began building work for the facility on 20 July despite needing to apply for planning conditions to be discharged. It also has not complied with condition 4 of the planning process.

As a result, the council has invited Viridor to stop construction has it has not complied with the “pre-implementation conditions attached to the planning permission”.

Viridor has applied for permission to discharge 16 difference conditions, with planning officers prepared to discharge or partially discharge most of them because stipulations have been most met.

However, condition 4 required Viridor to show remediation work had been carried out before building works started.

Viridor has written to the council suggesting that remediation work on the site was carried out in the 1990s.

Viridor director of external affairs Dan Cooke told the Western Mail newspaper: “A strategic infrastructure development of this scale should of course be conducted in accordance with its detailed planning requirements, and the company remains in dialogue with Cardiff council in respect of the discharge of all relevant planning conditions and obligations for the facility. We are confident that all necessary steps have been taken to satisfy those matters.”