Councillors have approved plans for an £800m energy-from-waste (EfW) plant on Deeside after initially rejecting the scheme.
Flintshire County Council’s planning committee has awarded planning consent to Wheelabrator ’s Parc Adfer EfW plant a month after councillors said there was no need for such a facility, citing concerns over pollution, noise and traffic. They had rejected calls from 33 North Wales business leaders to back the plant.
The proposed 16MW facility will be able to process up to 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household waste a year in an investment estimated to be worth £800m during the 25-year lifetime of the project, with backing from the Welsh Government.
It has been commissioned by the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project, a partnership of five councils: Flintshire, Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy and Denbighshire.
Gary Aguinaga, Wheelbrator managing director of UK operations, said: “This decision will now start to unlock the supply chain, economic and environmental benefits for local communities and businesses in Deeside and beyond. We will continue our discussions with local businesses to identify who could use the heat or steam generated by the facility.
“This facility will be a long-term environmentally and economically sustainable solution for treating non-recyclable waste that would have otherwise been sent to landfill.
“We’re very grateful for the level of support and encouragement we’ve received, and we look forward to playing an active role in the community, the local business networks and to being a responsible employer for many years to come.”
Construction work will start as soon as all the required planning and permitting permissions are in place. The facility will create around 300 jobs during the construction phase and 35 full-time jobs when operational.
Wheelabrator had said that permission during the first half of 2015 would mean construction starting by the end of the year and the facility becoming operational in 2018.