The Incinerator

PROPOSED - image from Veolia planning application

Visual Impact

The current Veolia recycling facility is at its highest only 15m tall.


Veolia's proposed incinerator building will be more than twice as high at 40m - this is the same height as an electricity pylon - and will be more than 150m long.

The two chimney stacks will be at least 80m high, almost the size of Big Ben. The chimney plume will stretch even higher.


Veolia's own Environmental Impact Assessment shows that the building and chimneys will be visible from miles away.


To view detailed images of predicted visibility of the incinerator, you can view the 5km radius PDF or the 10km radius PDF. These documents are from Veolia's planning application and show the plant will be visible over 10km away in places, even after taking into account foliage cover - so it will be more visible than this in winter. The plumes from the chimneys were not considered as part of this study, and would increase visbility even further.

The plant will also be visible from a number of listed buildings and from conservation areas in Holybourne and Upper Froyle.

National Park Impact

The choice of site is wrong for an industrial incinerator. It is in the heart of the Wey Valley and less than a mile from the National Park boundary.


The incinerator will be clearly visible from within the South Downs National Park.

Traffic Impact

Waste developments should be situated near the sources of waste: this location will mean thousands more annual HGV movements bringing commercial waste from miles away.

Veolia's own planning application shows additional traffic blight on Four Marks and Selborne, and doesn't even consider the impact on Farnham.

Wasted Energy and Heat

The incinerator will inefficiently generate wasted heat, and the planning application shows this heat is not commercially viable to reuse locally.

Incineration Reduces Recycling

There is no replacement recycling facility approved locally. Incinerating more waste goes against the Government's "Waste Hierarchy" and discourages recycling, which should be the priority. Across the UK there is clear evidence that councils that incinerate more rubbish, recycle less.

Net Loss of Jobs in Local Area

Veolia's application claims that the new plant will "create 45 new jobs". However, the current recycling facility, that will be closed, employs 65 people, resulting in a net loss of 20 jobs in the local area, taking money out of our local economy. 

Generation of Hazardous Waste

Cleaning the flue gases from the incinerator generates "APCr", which Veolia admit is hazardous waste. The incinerator will generate 10,000 tonnes of hazardous waste per year, that will then be buried in landfill.

Risk of Groundwater Pollution

Construction of the incinerator will require excavation into the water table to build the "tipping bunker" where waste is dumped, leading to a risk of contamination of this important groundwater resource.

000s of tonnes of CO2

Burning commercial waste will create thousands of tonnes of pollution in the local area, and goes against the UK Government's CO2 reduction commitments. Veolia has claimed the incinerator will be "climate positive", however this could only be the case if it has carbon capture technology fitted, which the planning application admits is not part of their plans.

Alternative Sites?

Over 90% of UK incinerators are located in industrial areas, as they are industrial buildings running industrial processes. Why has Veolia not considered any alternative sites in its application? 

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