About the project

Project Overview

Grundon Waste Management and Viridor have joined forces to develop proposals for a state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) and Waste Sorting and Transfer Facility (WSTF) at Ford Circular Technology Park, between Ford and Yapton.

West Sussex faces a significant waste management capacity gap, which results in non-recyclable waste being sent to landfill or exported overseas for disposal. The proposed ERF will help close this gap and make a vital contribution to the security of UK energy generation.

The brownfield site already benefits from planning permission for an ERF - consented in 2015 by West Sussex County Council - alongside a waste transfer facility and waste collection vehicle depot, both of which are currently operational.

We submitted our updated planning application to West Sussex County Council in June 2020. Following feedback received from the local community and West Sussex County Council we made significant changes to our proposals and as a result we submitted our revised planning application to West Sussex County Council in March 2021. You can view the viewpoints from the SDNP here.

This planning application reflects our latest thinking in terms of technology, design and layout. This will ensure the site will operate to the highest modern standards.

The Ford ERF and WSTF will:

  • Create 58 permanent jobs
  • Treat 295,000 tonnes of waste at the ERF and WSTF. The ERF will treat 275,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste a year and the WSTF will treat 20,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste
  • Ford ERF would generate 28 MW (net) of energy, equivalent to the needs of 68,000 homes
  • Opportunity to provide heat and power connections for local homes, businesses and public facilities.
  • Provide apprenticeship, graduate recruitment and management training schemes
  • Provide Educational outreach programmes

The Site

Ford Circular Technology Park is located between Ford and Yapton, adjacent to the wastewater treatment facility, former airfield and Viridor Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

Grundon Waste Management has operated a waste transfer station here since 2015 and Viridor has operated a MRF nearby for eleven years. This MRF already manages recyclable waste from homes across West Sussex through a contract with West Sussex County Council.

Co-locating an energy recovery facility (ERF) means that non-recyclable waste from the Waste Sorting and Transfer Facility can be transported to the ERF instead of it being transported offsite, moving it by road to a further management point which is much further afield. This reduces the number of vehicles on the road and means that local waste can be used to create local employment opportunities and energy which can be exported directly into the national grid.

The Ford Circular Technology Park has also been identified by West Sussex County Council as a strategic waste site that should be used to meet identified shortfalls in waste management capacity within the county to meet the target of self-sufficiency and zero waste to landfill.

The ERF will be capable of treating 275,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste which would generate electricity capable of powering around 68,000 homes

The WSTF is capable of separating 20,000 tonnes of recyclable and non-recyclable materials a year. All non-recyclable material will be processed by the ERF to create electricity while all recyclable material will be taken off-site to specialist recycling facilities.

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Project Benefits

The proposed Ford ERF would be capable of treating up to 295,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste each year from homes and businesses across West Sussex and its neighbouring counties. Currently the region faces a significant waste management capacity gap, which results in non-recyclable waste being sent to landfill or exported overseas for disposal.

Ford ERF would generate 28 MW (net) of energy, that’s enough to power around 68,000 local homes – which is broadly equivalent to powering a town the size of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton combined. A facility at Ford would make a vital contribution to the security of UK energy generation, while providing an environmentally and financially sustainable alternative to disposal at landfill or export.

Our facility would therefore help close the significant waste management capacity gap in the region, while creating new local jobs and providing new supply chain opportunities for the area. This boost to the local economy would start with our construction process and continue through our years of operation.

The project will also create new jobs and supply chain opportunities for the area, both during construction and when in operation.

The Ford ERF and WSTF will:

  • Create 58 permanent jobs
  • Treat 295,000 tonnes of waste at the ERF and WSTF. The ERF will treat 275,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste a year and the WSTF will treat 20,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste
  • Ford ERF would generate 28 MW (net) of energy, equivalent to the needs of 68,000 homes
  • Opportunity to provide heat and power connections for local homes, businesses and public facilities.
  • Provide apprenticeship, graduate recruitment and management training schemes
  • Provide Educational outreach programmes

Project Plans

Current Status

To develop the Energy Recovery Facility and Waste Transfer and Sorting Facility, we need to update our planning permissions, so it reflects our state-of-the-art proposals, including the technology, design and layout. This will ensure the site will operate in line with modern standards.

Following our public consultation in March and April 2020, we submitted our planning application to West Sussex County Council in June 2020.

Following feedback from the local community and West Sussex County Council, we’ve updated our proposals for a new state-of-the-art ERF and WSTF at Ford CTP.

These changes include:

  • Lowering the height of the proposed ERF building from 51.2m to 38.5m
  • New architectural design to significantly reduce visual impact
  • Improved site layout to maximise landscape screening opportunities

To achieve these changes:

  • We’ve changed the ERF building to house two combustion lines which allows for a lower building without compromising energy output or waste capacity.
  • Significantly reduced the size of the Waste Sorting and Transfer Facility, without compromising the waste management capacity of that facility.

As a result of these significant changes, we have submitted a revised planning application to West Sussex County Council.

West Sussex County Council will again conduct its own statutory consultation, providing a further opportunity for the public to comment on the plans. Once the council launches its consultation, feedback on the proposals should be directed to the planning authority only.

Following the council’s consultation, the planning officers will review the application and make their recommendation to the planning committee, who will make a decision on our application.

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