The Environment Agency has said that it is minded to grant the environmental permit for Viridor’s energy from waste facility in south London.
Viridor plans to build its energy recovery facility on its existing landfill and recycling site in Beddington, in the London Borough of Sutton.
In reaching its decision, the Environment Agency said that it had required Viridor to go beyond the measures it would need to apply if this plant was located elsewhere and would normally be considered best available technology.
It had also taken into account all legal requirements, and believes the permit will ensure a “high level of protection” for both the environment and human health.
Last month, councillors on Sutton’s Development Control Committee could not agree on whether to grant planning permission.
As a result, they will need to vote again on the application.
Viridor head of projects Robert Ryan said: “We welcome the Environment Agency’s position. It demonstrates that the proposed energy recovery facility is a safe and sustainable alternative to landfill disposal in the area.
“Last month Sutton’s Development Control Committee deferred its decision to see further evidence of the safety of proposed ERF. We hope that committee members will be reassured of the facility’s safety by the Environment Agency’s decision, which is based on technical and scientific evidence and assessments.
“The ERF will deliver real economic, social and environmental benefits to the local community – a view that has been supported by the London Borough of Sutton’s planning officers.”