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Information for Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility, Rookery Pit / Ampthill near Stewartby

Status: Potential
Planning Region: East of England
Planning Sub-Region: Bedfordshire
Operator: Covanta / Veolia
Capacity: 585,000
Campaign Group(s): Marston Moreteyne Action Group (MMAG) and Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum (BCCF) and Bedforshire Against Covanta Incinerator (BACI) (see also BACI blog) and Marston Park Residents Association (MPRA)
Notes: Mass-burn incinerator granted planning permission by the Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC) in October 2011 [See decision notice, Source]. Designed for both municipal and C&I waste. Veolia joined the project in May 2016 (Source). Permit EPR/WP3234DY issued in January 2018 [See permit]. In March 2019 it was reported that the project had reached financial close, with Veolia owning 20%, Covanta 40% and Green Investment Group 40% and that construction would be led by Hitachi Zosen Inova [Source]. Legal challenge to environmental permit was made by Bedfordshire Against Covanta Incinerator, but in November 2019 this was rejected at the Appeal Court [Source]. (Entry updated 2019-11-22)

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Waste management for England 2018: Non-operational (Environment Agency)

Uses data from Waste Data Interrogator 2018 - 2018 Waste Summary Tables for England - Version 2 released by the Environment Agency under the Open Government License

PermitOperator NameSite NameSite AddressFormer Planning RegionFormer Planning Sub-RegionEA AreaTypePermitted Capacity (tonnes)Comment
WP3234DYCovanta Energy LtdRookery Pit Energy Recovery FacilityRookery South, Stewartby, Bedfordshire MK43 9LYEast of EnglandBedfordshireCambridgeshire and BedfordshireMunicipal and/or Industrial & Commercial585,000Permitted in January 2018. Construction has now started

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