Woburn Sands & District Society | 08 January 2008

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24/09/2010 - Covanta - Energy from Waste IPC Application

An American Firm, Covanta has made an accepted application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (soon to be abolished) for a very large Waste Facility and Mechanical Waste Recovery at Rookery Pit South, Martson Mortaine. Due to its size this application would not be part of local planning process.

The Society has considerable concerns in respect of the size and impact of this facility, both in terms of local impact, but also in respect of its impact on the road infrastructure in the surrounding area, particularly the A421 and Junction 13. Whilst we would normally have been supportive of a facility of this nature to deal with local authority residual and industrial waste (those elements not recyclable), dependent on location, as compared with landfill. That is not the case in respect of Covanta.

For this facility to be economically viable, it will need much more than Central Bedfordshire can supply, reducing the incentive for recycling. . Covanta is seeking contracts not only from Bedford Borough and Cambridge, but more importantly for the Society, from Luton, Hertfordshire, Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. As Covanta is proposing the transport of such waste, residual domestic, industrial, and toxic fly waste by road the impact on the transport infrastructure around J13 will impact on rural communities on both sides of the CBC and MK boundary

Stepping outside the immediate WSDS interest area, the amenity and economic value of the Forest of Marston Vale, the Millenium Country Park(next door) , Centre Parcs would be put under serious threat from this large facility.

Further information in respect of this application by copying and pasting the following link:


Councils are opposing this application due to it impact on both the immediate and wider locality, but for more detailed local information on the application, copy and paste the following link:


For those that donít know the area, the picture in this item shows Rookery Pit North and South to the right of the railway line, and Stewartby Lake and the Millenium Country Park to the left. At the bottom is Milbrook testing area.

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Areas Covered include: Woburn Sands, Aspley Guise, Aspley Heath, the Brickhills, Husborne Crawley, Salford, Wavendon and Woburn
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