Energy and Waste

Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility (ERF)
East Sussex

Client: Veolia Environmental Services
(South Downs) Ltd

  • Town planning

  • Environmental planning

  • Landscape architecture

  • Heritage

Terence O’Rourke Ltd secured planning consent for the Newhaven ERF from East Sussex County Council. We prepared the planning supporting statement, environmental statement and alternative sites assessment for the planning application. Following consent our planning documents were tested through the Judicial Review process and found to be robust.

The ERF forms part of Veolia’s 25-year integrated waste management contract with East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council.

Sited on an aggregates wharf by the River Ouse, the facility treats 210,000 tpa of residual municipal waste. Heat produced by the plant is recovered and used to generate up to 19MW of electricity for export to the national grid.

A key consideration was the impact on the proposals on the now designated South Downs National Park, and this required close working between our landscape and visual assessor and the project’s architect.

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