Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility
This was the first application to be determined through the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning (NSIP) process established by The Planning Act 2008 and undertaken by the Planning Inspectorate.
The Panel of Commissions appointed by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) announced its decision on 13 October 2011 that development consent should be granted for a resource recovery facility at Rookery South Pit, subject to a Special Parliamentary Procedure.
Both Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough councils submitted petitions of general objection to parliament against the issue of the order.
The Special Committee that was formed to hear the petitions and found that there was no case to answer except in respect to the impact on the proposed Bedford to Milton Keynes waterway.
The Development Consent Order (DCO) was therefore issued 25 March 2013 after a Section 106 agreement was drawn up requiring Covanta to contribute up to £3,375,000 towards the cost of the works required for construction of the waterway.
This is a copy of The Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011 (PDF 218.9KB) from 25 March 2013. The Section 106 agreement linked to the Development Consent Order can be found here - Section 106 Agreement dated 18 July 2011 (PDF 10.9MB) and Section 106 Agreement Deed dates 11 March 2013 (PDF 4.6MB) .