Consultation opens on environmental permit for Rivenhall waste centre plans

District and county Cllr James Abbott, and residents Phil Wren, Nick Unsworth and Eleanor Unsworth a

District and county Cllr James Abbott, and residents Phil Wren, Nick Unsworth and Eleanor Unsworth are campaigning against a proposed incinerator at Rivenhall. - Credit: Su Anderson

People can view and have their say on plans for an Integrated Waste Management Facility proposed for the former Rivenhall Airfield.

Gent Fairhead & Co Ltd has applied to the Environment Agency for a permit to run the facility, which will process waste and recycling materials.

A drop-in session is being held in Silver End Village Hall, Broadway, on Wednesday December 2 from 2-7pm for people to find out more.

Environment Agency staff will be on hand to discuss the proposals, and explain the agency’s role in regulating this type of facility.

They will also explain what will happen and how people can be involved during the consultation and decision-making process.

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An Environmental Permit from the agency needs to be in place before the plant can start operating. Permits contain specific conditions and emission limits that must be complied with while the plant is operating, which also tackle noise levels and energy efficiency.

Residents in nearby villages have expressed concerns over emissions from the planned site.

Planning permission for the waste facility was granted by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in 2010.

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Frank Saunders, team leader at the Environment Agency, said: “We urge people to come along and talk to us about our regulatory involvement in the proposals. We’d also like to hear their thoughts and concerns to make sure we consider local representations in our decision making process.”

The consultation period on the permit application begins today and closes on December 24.

Copies of the application (EPR/ KP3035RY/A001) are available at the Environment Agency offices at Threshelfords Business Park, Inworth Road, Kelvedon, as well as Coggeshall and Kelvedon libraries.

Comments should be sent to the Environment Agency’s Sheffield office at PSC - EP Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF, or by email to

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