Coming out of COVID-19, it is even more important that we ensure a Green Recovery so we can protect the environment, prevent climate change, save biodiversity and achieve net zero. To that end we are progressing our plans for more recycling and recovery in Hampshire, to ensure we can reach zero landfill, part of which includes this application.
Veolia, the UK leader in environmental solutions, can confirm that its proposals for a new Advanced Energy Recovery Facility near Alton have now been submitted to Hampshire County Council, which will save 65,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year compared with sending the waste to landfill.
If you would like to find out more about the application, you can do so via Hampshire County Council’s Planning Portal.
The facility is sized for non-recyclable Hampshire waste that is currently landfilled in the county, or sent elsewhere. Monitored 24/7 by the Environment Agency, the plant will be safe and will turn residual waste into enough power for 75,000 Hampshire homes and create over 300 jobs during construction, plus 40 permanent roles once operational.
Submission of this application follows a period of extensive pre-application public consultation, undertaken between February and March 2020, before the current social distancing measures were introduced. During the course of the consultation, five public exhibitions were held across Alton, Holybourne, Bentley, Froyle and Binsted.
In total, 596 people attended the exhibitions, with 366 individual pieces of feedback submitted either via telephone, email, letter or the feedback form which was available on the project website and at the events.
Veolia has listened carefully to the feedback and concerns raised by attendees and has provided a full response to the comments submitted within the Statement of Community Involvement which has been submitted alongside the planning application.
With the Alton and Portsmouth recycling facilities being considered for replacement, a new combined recycling facility is also under consideration. This hi-tech plant would provide better recycling and allow Hampshire residents to recycle pots, tubs and trays.
So overall, in line with the Government’s Resources and Waste strategy, our proposals mean Hampshire will recycle more, landfill less and save carbon.
If you have any outstanding questions about the final application or would like to discuss it in more detail, please do not hesitate to get in touch by calling our community information line on 0333 358 0502 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm) or by emailing us at [email protected].