15 June 2009
Hertfordshire County Council submitted an outline business case to DEFRA in October 2008 and subsequently it has been successful in securing £115 million of PFI credits from DEFRA to secure a long term solution for the treatment of Hertfordshire’s municipal residual waste. As part of its outline business case the county council identified a site at New Barnfield, South Hatfield that was previously used for education and training purposes as its reference site.
WYG Environment, part of the WYG Group, has been commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council to advise them of the environmental issues at a site in Hatfield. This site will be made available to the market as a potential location for a long term residual waste treatment service. In order to ensure its availability the county council is seeking to address the site’s town planning issues.
WYG is conducting a wide range of investigations and studies covering geotechnical, flood risk, landscape, ecology, air quality, noise and traffic and transport which will inform an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The project will be taken forward through the PFI process and once a preferred bidder has been chosen and if the site is selected WYG will prepare the Environmental Statement and Transport Assessment which will be required to accompany the planning application planned for March 2011.
Chris Thomas, Regional Director, WYG Environment said ‘Hertfordshire County Council have developed a strong business case to achieve a long term solution for its residual waste and we are pleased to have been chosen to work with the authority to build a robust environmental study on its reference site.’