Energy and Waste

South London Energy Recovery Facility

Client: Viridor

  • Town planning

  • Environmental planning

  • Landscape architecture

  • Heritage

  • Graphic design

  • Geographic information systems


Terence O’Rourke is the planning and lead environmental consultant for Viridor’s proposed South London Energy Recovery Facility at Beddington in the London Borough of Sutton.

The proposal includes the ERF, a waste transfer station for dry recyclates, and revision of the restoration plan for the adjacent landfill site, which is being restored to create areas for public access and for nature conservation.

Energy recovered from the waste will be used to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of about 26,000 homes and also has potential to provide heat to nearby communities in Sutton and Croydon. The application makes provision for pipelines across the site to deliver heat to facilitate future district heating.

The ERF, whilst on a safeguarded waste site, is situated in a sensitive location within Metropolitan Open Land, a Site of Metropolitan Interest for nature conservation and the proposed Wandle Valley Regional Park.

Terence O’Rourke has therefore carried out rigorous policy assessment, worked with Viridor and the design team to minimise impacts, prepared a robust planning application and EIA, and identified the very special circumstances for the development to be allowed in this context. The success of this approach is evident in the recent resolution to grant permission.