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Council decides incinerator site

Proposed Ardley waste incinerator
A computer-generated image of how the Ardley incinerator could look

Officials have decided that a waste-burning incinerator can be built in Ardley near Bicester.

Oxfordshire County Council met earlier to discuss whether the plant would be developed there or in Sutton Courtenay.

Although a decision has been made on a location, an environmental permit and planning permission are still needed before the incinerator can be built.

The scheme has attracted criticism from residents who protested against the decision outside County Hall.

The incinerator, to be build at the landfill site, would create energy from waste.

Viridor, which would operate the site, submitted an application for an environmental permit earlier this year.

It is currently being assessed by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

The authority aims to incinerate about 300,000 tonnes of waste a year and increase the amount it recycles - currently 47% - to at least 55% annually.

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