In 2013, the project received approval under the UK’s Development Consent Order procedures for the delivery of nationally important infrastructure. The planning approvals process involved a comprehensive and wide-ranging requirement to consult local people and businesses, councils, environmental groups and statutory bodies about the proposal, providing just as much opportunity (if not more) than with a normal planning application. 

Now that conditions have improved, including waste availability through the new partnership with Veolia, the project is moving forward to provide a needed local waste management solution to Bedfordshire and surround areas.