Viridor has stated that a public consultation on the company's proposals for a new waste treatment facility at New England Quarry, Lee Mill was ‘extremely useful and positive'...
Viridor's proposed Resource Recovery Centre will be constructed on part of the disused New England quarry and will include an Energy from Waste facility, a non-hazardous landfill for waste unsuitable for recycling or energy from waste processing and a visitor and education centre.
A wide ranging consultation took place over the summer months which saw local stakeholders briefed and the public given the opportunity to find out more about the proposed development. Over 350 people were engaged in the process through attending public exhibitions, stakeholder briefings, and a community consultation group meeting, as well as a series of briefings with parish and town councils.
A dedicated website providing information about the proposals, with updates throughout the public consultation and planning process, has been set up here and a leaflet on the proposed development was distributed to 7,000 homes and businesses in the area. People were also able to provide feedback through a telephone enquiry line
"The consultation has been extremely useful, with many constructive and positive contributions from the local community. We'd like to thank all those who've taken the time to make comments about our proposals. We are currently considering all the feedback provided and all comments will be considered as Viridor draws up its detailed planning application. Some of the key issues raised that are being addressed include traffic management, visual impact and air quality control." said Dan Cooke, Viridor's external affairs manager.
The facility is being developed to deal with South West Devon's residual waste from businesses and households from the South West Devon area. Residual waste is the waste that is left over after all recyclables and reusable materials have been recovered and reuse.
The planning application for the proposed waste facility is due to be submitted by the end of November.