At the recent consultation meetings conducted by Crest Nicholson, where they outlined the plans for 1,700 homes on the site, a number of residents enquired about the plans to restore the current Chapel Farm landfill facility adjacent to the development area, and about proposals to install a waste to energy plant to provide combined heat and power to the new community.
Karen Laurence of Oakhurst expressed concerns about the odours currently emanating from Chapel Farm during periods of hot weather, and wondered whether potential residents at Tadpole Farm would be similarly affected.
Richard Fisher, Swindon Council’s Waste Management manager confirmed that the current landfill site will be restored to agricultural land in 2016, at which point the problem of smell will be eliminated. “However if residents are concerned about odours now they should contact environmental health,” he said.
According to a draft submission of the Wiltshire and Swindon Waste Site Allocations Development Plan dated June 2011, Chapel Farm is earmarked for development of a waste-to-energy facility, with requirements for dust, bioaerosol and odour mitigation.
The proposal remains despite Crest Nicholson’s opposition in March 2010 when they stated that they would represent ‘bad neighbour’ issues for potential Tadpole Farm residents.
However borough council planning officer Ian Halsall said, “the council is promoting community wide approaches to renewable energy with preference to district heating systems, as set out in our draft Core Strategy.
“We are keen to investigate the opportunities of utilising Chapel Farm as a resource to generate energy and Crest are happy to work with us on this.”