Viridor Granted Official Permission to Build £150m Splott Incinerator
The company with the job of building the Splott incinerator has officially been given permission to begin building on the site. Last year Viridor was told to stop construction on its Trident Park site, after beginning work without meeting the “pre-implementation conditions” attached to its planning permission. However, last month Cardiff County Council's planning committee voted to defer a decision on whether to take such action until it had more information. Then at last week’s committee meeting, Councillors signed off all 16 pre-commencement conditions agreeing that Viridor had now met the conditions.
Trident Park Energy from Waste and Combined Heat and Power facility in Cardiff will be designed predominantly to provide capacity for residual household waste with a proportion available for waste from local businesses. It will be able to treat up to 350,000 tonnes of residual waste, or post-recycling waste, a year, generating around 30MW of electricity - enough to supply around 50,000 homes.
Following the decision, Viridor’s Business Development Director, Howard Ellard, commented “We are pleased that the planning committee has followed their council officers’ and legal advisors’ recommendations and have validated our development at Trident Park. We will continue to work with the Council to meet the requirements of the planning approval during the construction of the Energy from Waste facility. Viridor can now focus on the construction of the Energy from Waste facility, with combined heat and power, which will generate jobs, apprenticeships and investment in Cardiff and the wider region.”