Biffa has won planning permission for an energy from waste plant in Shepshed, Leicestershire, after the secretary of state overturned the council’s decision to reject it.
The plans for the energy from waste facility at Newhurst Quarry had been rejected twice before by Leicestershire County Council which said it would have a detrimental impact on the surrounding countryside.
Biffa appealed the decision and the inspector at the resulting public inquiry concluded that the facility would significantly reduce the amount of waste put into landfill.
The facility will provide electricity to power the equivalent of 42,000 homes, and divert 300,000 tonnes of waste from landfill in Leicestershire.
Biffa company planning & permitting manager Jeff Rhodes said: “This is a really important decision for Biffa and for Leicestershire, as the area currently has no long term landfill diversion solution for waste. We believe that it makes no environmental or financial sense to put waste which we cannot recycle into landfill when the value inherent within it can be used to generate renewable energy.
“It is gratifying to see that the secretary of state agreed and considered the reasons for approving it to be ‘substantial and compelling’.”
Biffa originally submitted the planning application for the site in December 2009.
The plans were amended prior to the appeal to include additional mitigation through tree planting in Garendon Park and restoration work to Grade I and II listed buildings within the park, following consultation between Biffa, Leicestershire County Council and English Heritage.