Urbaser Balfour Beatty submits Planning Application for Essex Mechanical Biological Treatment Facility

March 30, 2012

Much more rubbish thrown away by Essex and Southend residents will be recycled if proposals for a new waste treatment facility in Basildon get the go-ahead. The planning application for a Mechanical Biological Treatment facility in Courtauld Road was submitted this week by Urbaser Balfour Beatty, and includes proposals for a state-of-the-art visitor and education centre.

The proposed facility will treat all the black bag rubbish thrown away by householders in Essex and Southend, recovering materials for recycling and reducing our reliance on landfill. The facility will compliment the recycling and composting collection systems in place around the county and will provide the final step towards sustainable management of the rubbish generated by households.

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, Tom Meacock, commented on the announcement, “We wish to thank all of the local residents who attended the two public exhibitions we held in January and March 2012 as part of our pre-planning consultation. Comments received have helped us finalise our proposal and the planning application submitted this week. We have taken into account feedback received and we will continue to work closely with the community to ensure our facility protects the environment and delivers real benefit for the local community.”

As Waste Planning Authority, Essex County Council’s minerals and waste planning team will consider the application which includes conducting a statutory formal consultation process. At the end of this statutory consultation, the County Council’s planning officers will prepare a report for the Development and Regulation Committee recommending that the application either be approved or refused. The Committee will then determine the application.

Urbaser Balfour Beatty is committed to maintaining open channels of communication with the local community and stakeholders. The Consortium also proposes to establish a Community Liaison Group to further discuss the proposals with interested residents.

The planning application is available here.

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