Residents worried about the spectre of the controversial Beddington incinerator have been dealt a fresh blow after proposals have been resurrected for a second waste burner on the same road.
Sutton Council originally gave provision to Country Waste to build an incinerator to burn through 350,000 tonnes of waste in Beddington Lane in 2011.
In a revived plan a new owner, London Recycling and Renewable Energy, is planning a smaller scale plant, burning 150,000 tonnes a year using 'advance thermal technology' (ATT) in its production of electricity.
The ATT did not require planning permission as it will be within a previously permitted building and is not considered a change of use for the site.
With the South London Waste Partnership about to face a judicial review over its plans to build a burner less than half a mile away, fears are growing over the future of the area.
Paul Pickering, chairman of the Stop the Incinerator campaign said: "This is unbelievable.
"This has all mushroomed out of a plans for a relatively small wood burning incinerator that Country Waste owned.
"People weren't happy about that one but it got through.
"We thought it had just died a death."
The new plans raise the possibility of an incinerator cluster on the Sutton Croydon border.
Dennis Philpott, chairman of the Beddington North Neighbourhood Forum, told the committee he would like to work with the applicant to limit the impact on nearby villages to "make sure that all HGVs enter from the north, keeping the movements out of Beddington Village."
He said: "Our concern is about the traffic coming into the village."
The committee heard the ATT would burn waste otherwise headed to landfill.
The site had permission to handle up to 350,000 tonnes of waste a year but that will now fall to 150,000, just 43 per cent of the originally agreed amount.
Lorry trips will also fall to 56 journeys a day, compared with 117 trips agreed in 2011.
The committee heard of the success of the existing night time and weekend lorry bans used during the site's construction and London Recycling and Renewable Energy's Jim Green agreed to keep these in place.
Deliveries to the site would come in between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.
There would be no deliveries on Sundays although the plant would operate round the clock.
Waste will be brought in from a 30 mile radius. The 150 tonne level has been set 'to make the site financially viable' with emissions monitored by both the Environment Agency and Sutton Council.