Building work on a controversial waste plant is due to start next year - five years after planning permission was granted.

Woodhouse Recycling and Renewables (WWRen) will be based at Rivenhall Airfield and deal with about 853,500 tonnes of municipal, commercial and industrial waste a year from Essex.

It will include:

* a mechanical biological treatment of non-recyclable waste to produce a solid recovered fuel

* a paper pulping plant

* a combined heat and power plant to burn solid recovered fuel to produce electricity, heat and steam.

* an anaerobic digestion plant treating organic waste

* a materials recycling facility to recover mixed dry recyclables such as paper and plastics.

Gent Fairhead, which owns the airfield, gained planning permission in 2010 and is setting up a site liaison committee for local councils and relevant organisations to discuss matters connected with the site.

* Full story in this week's Times.