Design & Layout

At present, the site is quite open, although bunding, trees and hedges provide a good screen from the B430 and surrounding agricultural land. The majority of the landfill operations are visible from the M40.

 

The proposed facility has been designed to sit comfortably into the landscape. The restored landfill surrounding will help reduce its visual impact.  It is unlikely to impact local homes or recreational amenities.

The facility will include a stack which will be approximately 80m high and surrounded by a russet brown coloured lattice. This has been designed to act as a focal point.

The main building would have a grey aluminium roof with translucent panels. These materials naturally weather to display neutral greens, softening the look of the building. Lower levels would comprise concrete walls concealed by walls of climbing plants on wire support structures.

The proposed offices and Visitor Centre, attached to the main building at the entrance, have a striking copper-aluminium alloy shingle façade. Pale golden colours welcome visitors to the new facility and complement the advanced technology inside.

Outside, there are 52 parking spaces, with a lay-by for a visitor’s coach or minibus standing.

The development and the landscape
The impact of the existing quarry and landfill activities on and around the proposed site has been considered in detail within the Environmental Impact Assessment.  The conclusion is that no significant impacts would result. 

Importantly, the Ardley site is already zoned for waste management (it is a landfill site) and complimentary operations currently take place on site. 

Connecting to the National Grid
A route has been identified for creating an underground connection to the sub station in Bicester. This would minimise potential effects for the grid connection.

Choice of site and technology
The site for the proposed facility was chosen through an extensive and detailed selection process in which a number of possible locations and types of facility were considered.

This site and technology was chosen because it was the most suitable, when assessed against a range of environmental parameters and planning considerations.

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