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Minerals and Waste

Waste planning is a core area of our business and our experience and expertise is wide ranging. We provide advice to a number of waste clients, both private and public sector. We have expertise in mechanical biological treatment, energy from waste, pyrolysis, composting, waste transfer, materials recovery facilities, household waste recycling sites, waste arising from construction projects and landfill (hazardous – inert).

We also understand the increasing pressures faced by the minerals industry and local authorities and the issues associated with planning ahead to meet demand whilst promoting sustainable development.

Our skills include:

Waste and Mineral Local Plans

Stakeholder consultation and public engagement

Site searches and feasibility studies

Planning applications and Environmental Impact Assessment

Development Control

Expert Witness

Innovative approaches to mineral restoration and long-term management

Our Projects

North London Heat and Power Project

Helping to deliver nationally significant infrastructure

Client: North London Waste Authority

The North London Heat and Power Project is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project being led by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to deliver a world class facility for the management of 700,000 tonnes of north London’s waste every year.

With the existing facility at Edmonton EcoPark nearing the end of its operational life, the NLWA is investing now to provide high quality modern infrastructure to sort and recycle waste produced by north London residents – around 3% of the UK’s total – and to recover up to 78MW of energy from waste that cannot be recycled through a new state-of-the-art Energy Recovery Facility that will be one of the most efficient and advanced of its kind.

The Project will, once operational, supply electricity and heat for up to 127,000 homes by using environmentally sound waste management methods to treat waste from 2,000,000 residents.

Since 2017 Adams Hendry have been retained by the NLWA to provide planning consultancy services to the Project as part of the sequential implementation of the Project’s Development Consent Order, including securing appropriate approval planning requirements and obligations from relevant authorities to facilitate delivery of the project on site and on time.

Wingmoor Farm Integrated Waste Management Facility

Delivery of nationally important infrastructure

Client: Grundon Waste Management Ltd

Adams Hendry successfully gained planning consent on behalf of Grundon Waste Management for their Integrated Waste Management Facility at Wingmoor Farm in Gloucestershire.

Adams Hendry’s experiences of the waste planning sector and Environmental Impact Assessment were combined to develop a robust case in support of the project. Clearly demonstrating that the project was necessary to meet an identified need was a key part of securing consent.

This strategic facility will enable Grundon to provide integrated waste management within Gloucestershire to meet landfill and waste processing requirements, as well as provide regional and national capacity for the management of hazardous wastes.

Lakeside Energy from Waste Facility

Successful promotion of regionally important energy from waste capacity

Client: Grundon Waste Management Ltd

Working with Grundon Waste Management Ltd, Adams Hendry provided planning consultancy and project management services to secure planning permission for their Lakeside Energy from Waste Facility, now built and operating at Colnbrook near the M25 and Heathrow. Capable of processing 450,000 tonnes of mixed waste per annum, and located in the Green Belt, this landmark facility provides regionally important non-hazardous waste recovery capacity for the South East and London

Adams Hendry assisted Grundon with identifying the planning strategy for the project and project managed preparation of the planning application and Environmental Statement for the facility.

Alsoils+ Soil Recycling Facility

Consent secured for a locally important facility in a nationally sensitive location

Client: Alsoils+ Ltd

Adams Hendry successfully promoted and secured temporary planning permission for the operation of a soil recycling business located within the South Downs National Park.

Alsoils+ and Adams Hendry worked closely with Hampshire County Council as Waste Planning Authority, the Environment Agency and the South Downs National Park Authority, who determined the application under call-in powers, to ensure that key issues relating to landscape, highways, drainage and waste permitting were addressed and appropriately controlled to enable permission to be granted.

Lakeside Materials Recovery Facility

Securing permanent retention of valuable recycling capacity

Client: Grundon Waste Management Ltd

Adams Hendry provided planning consultancy and project management services to Grundon Waste Management to permanently retain a 130,000tpa Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and ancillary facilities at Tanhouse Farm, Colnbrook. We provided planning and project management consultancy services on the project, encompassing the development of planning strategy, the preparation and submission of the planning application and supporting documents, and management and preparation of the Environmental Statement required to accompany the planning application.


Gareth Bennett or Andy Turner  01962 877414 | g.bennett@adamshendry.co.uk or a.turner@adamshendry.co.uk