Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility

Covanta development proposals

The development is known as the Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility (RRF) and is comprised of an Energy from Waste Facility (EfW) with an average gross electrical output of 65 megawatts (MWe) and a post-treatment Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) to recover bottom ash and metals.

The Energy from Waste facility would treat a nominal 585,000 tonnes of residual municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial waste based on an assumed plant availability of 89% and a waste calorific value (CV) of 10.19MJ/kg. The development would have an electrical output of 65 megawatts of power.

The facility would be built in a former clay pit known as ‘Rookery South Pit’. This is located south of Stewartby village and to the east of the Marston Vale Millennium Country Park.

Subsequent to the issue of the DCO Covanta’s parent company withdrew from any interest in the UK and the development has not been proceeded with.

The DCO remains valid for 5 years from the date of its issue. Any company could construct the Resource Recovery Facility provided that it conformed to the approved Plans and details and they obtained the requisite EA permit and other approvals required to commence development.

How to view approved plans and details

  1. Visit the planning application page (link opens in new window)
  2. Enter CB/13/00726/DCO in the "Application quick search"
  3. Hit the search button
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