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£1bn Staffordshire energy recovery facility given go-ahead

Planning permission for the £1bn Four Ashes energy recovery facility proposed by Veolia Environmental Services (VES) has been unanimously awarded by Staffordshire County Council.

As part of a private finance initiative, the facility at the Four Ashes Industrial Estate will handle 300,000 tonnes of residual waste a year. It will primarily take Staffordshire’s waste but will also assist Sandwell, Walsall and Warwickshire with their waste.

The facility will generate 23MW of electricity annually, which is enough to power 32,000 homes.

The plans are amended from those originally granted planning permission in 2009.

VES chief operating officer Tom Spaul said: “The revised proposals will reduce the building’s overall footprint, size and height from that previously approved. It will contribute substantially to the local economy, both during and beyond the construction process, with the creation of 40 long-term jobs.”

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