The land off Berrys Lane, where the site would be built. Credit: Google Maps
A new “energy from waste” plant could be built on a quarry just off the M4 in Berkshire.
West Berkshire Council has received a scoping opinion from environmental consultants Enzygo, which is looking at the possibility of building the plant on land at Reading Quarry.
The plans for the site, which is in Berrys Lane, in Pingewood on the outskirts of Reading, Berkshire, propose a 100 metre long, 35 metre wide plant.
If permitted, the site would process “refuse derived fuel” into energy, which would be fed back into the grid, which the company says will reduce dependency on fossil fuels.
Enzygo says this would also reduce landfill use and the costs that go with that.
The application states: “The proposed development will contribute to enhancing the natural environment by minimising the amount of material sent to landfill, and by producing energy from waste, thus reducing dependency on natural resources and fossil fuels.
“In addition, the location of the site is away from residents and sensitive receptors reduces impacts associated with the proposed development.”
If permitted the centre would be built on the eastern part of the J Mould Reading site, on land used for inert waste recycling.
Scoping plans are used by developers wanting to build developments which could have large environmental impacts.
They are used to get responses from the local authority on environmental issues that the application will need to address and are used to form environmental impact assessments in the final application.
Once the council responds to the scoping application, Enzygo can consider whether or not to put in a full application.
A spokesman for Enzygo said: “The scoping request has been submitted by Syn2Gen, which would develop the facility.
“We await the views of the council on the proposal and for them to give an opinion on the requirements of a planning application.”