The building of an energy-from-waste plant at Allerton Park, North Yorkshire, which had been put at risk by the withdrawal of PFI credits, has been granted an environmental permit by the Environment Agency, indicating the project can go ahead.
Besides an incinerator licensed to process up to 320,000 tonnes of waste per year, the site will include an anaerobic digestion facility and an ash processing plant.
The North Yorkshire and City of York councils had been awarded £65m in Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits in 2007 to build the waste recovery park, and in 2010 the council had chosen AmeyCespa as the preferred bidder for a 25-year partnership.
Following the withdrawal of funding, the North Yorkshire council filed a request for a judicial review in May. The local authority said that while waiting for the outcome of the review it would keep working with AmeyCespa to finalise the details of the long-term waste management project.
A spokesperson for AmeyCespa said: “AmeyCespa welcomes the decision by the Environment Agency to issue the environmental permit to operate the Allerton Waste Recovery Park.”
AmeyCespa and the North Yorkshire council declined to comment on how the PFI credits had been replaced.