Urbaser Balfour Beatty granted Planning Permission for Essex Mechanical Biological Treatment Facility

February 13, 2013

Essex County Council has granted planning permission to Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB) for a new waste treatment facility at Courtauld Road in Basildon. The facility will deal with the rubbish thrown away by households across Essex and Southend, increasing recycling and reducing the reliance on landfill.

Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s Project Director Richard Lancaster said, “We are thrilled to have been given Planning approval to start works on the site. Preparations have now begun and construction will start in the spring. This is an important project for Essex and Southend and will bring both economic and environmental benefits to the area.”

Construction is due to start in the spring and is scheduled to take sixteen months to complete. The pre-construction works will include the erection of cabins and facilities for the workers (including canteens, offices, parking etc.). UBB are planning the construction programme to minimise disruption to normal day-to-day activities in the local area.

The project will provide a boost to the local economy through the provision of construction related jobs and a range of full-time employment opportunities once operational. Apprentices and students will also benefit as part of Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s commitment to serving the local community.

Project Director, Richard Lancaster, continued, “We would like to thank all of the local residents who took part in the pre-planning consultation. We are continuing to engage with the local community through a community liaison group which will meet regularly throughout the construction phase and beyond.”

The Mechanical Biological Treatment facility, which will include a visitor and education centre, will treat all the black bag rubbish thrown away by households, providing a key step towards sustainable waste management in the county. The process will complement the existing recycling and composting collection systems in place, ensuring that the most value is

recovered from the rubbish.

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