A new site has been identified for the Lakeside EfW plant– a joint venture between Grundon Waste Management and Viridor – which is likely to have to be relocated due to plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
Under the proposals, the 440,000 tonne facility will be taken down, with a new facility built around 600 metres north west of its current location in Colnbrook, Slough, west of the Iver South Treatment Works.
The current plant sits just outside the Northern boundary of Heathrow airport and will need to be moved to accommodate the third runway, where construction is scheduled to begin in 2021.
The owners of the Lakeside plant say they are currently carrying out a series of detailed site studies and environmental assessments, which will form an “integral part” of the planning application for the new location.
More information is due to be presented at “well publicised public consultation events” during spring 2019.
Commenting on the announcement of a new site, Lakeside EfW Director Richard Skehens said that identifying a site is a major step forward for the plans.
“This is a major step towards replacing these important facilities, which play a valuable strategic role in regional and national waste management policy.
“Although this is just the first stage in a very long replacement programme – which will include applying for new Planning Permissions and new Environmental Permits – we are confident we are now moving in the right direction.
“We’ll publish more information about our plans for our two public consultation events in the spring.”
Opened in 2010, the Lakeside EfW is a treatment plant for municipal and commercial waste in the South West of England, with council contracts including Slough, RE3 (Wokingham, Reading and Bracknell) and Wiltshire.
Plans for a third runway at Heathrow were backed last year by MPs, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the plans in June 2018.
Some of the councils affected by the move however, along with environmental groups and London mayor Sadiq Khan, have launched a judicial review of the decision.
Many homes and businesses nearby fall in the compulsory purchase zone (CPZ) which means they would be required to sell their land if the plans go ahead. A compensation package of more than £2.5 billion for affected individuals and businesses has been proposed by the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
[Updated 14/2/19 08:55 with updated location and capacity detail]