The Rookery South Pit site, located within the Northern Marston Vale Growth area, was chosen after an extensive search in this region. Covanta originally looked at over 340 sites and Rookery Pit South was considered the most suitable. The site was identified as the most appropriate location to develop the project because:
1. it avoids those areas most protected by policy e.g. Greenbelt.
2. it is accessible by a suitable road network, and offers the potential for rail transport in the future.
3. it is capable of providing enough space to avoid local adverse environmental impacts.
4. it is centrally located enabling the required waste management and energy supply capacity to be provided in a strategically advantageous position.