The Government has approved plans for a refuse-derived fuel plant in Cheshire to convert 600,000 tonnes of waste material into electricity.
The energy-from-waste plant is to be developed by Peel Environmental, an arm of Manchester-based property and transport firm Peel Group, and will form part of a proposed Resource Recovery Park on a 100 hectare site at Ince Marshes, Manchester.
Speaking about the Governments decision, Peel Environmental director Myles Kitcher said: It provides a significant opportunity for the North West to be at the forefront of the UKs low carbon industrial strategy and to benefit from inward investment and a range of new jobs. Against the current economic climate and drive for more carbon conscious development this decision couldnt have come at a better time.
We also recognise that capturing such opportunities brings the responsibility to work with and address the concerns of local communities. We are committed to working with local people to ensure that proposals are undertaken in an open and transparent manner with consultation and liaison throughout the development.
The approval follows a public inquiry held into both the power plant and the Resource Recovery Park, which recommended that consent should be granted for the construction and operation of the plant and also that planning permission be given for the Resource Recovery Park.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt said: We need to increase our use of renewable energy and to find solutions to the UKs waste problem. This power plant will convert over half a million tonnes of waste each year into energy.
The Inspector [Department for Communities and Local Government] recommended the power plant to be granted consent after a thorough public inquiry. I am satisfied that the mitigation measures to be put in place will protect the amenity of local villages.