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Planning permission granted for UK’s first power plant to run on mixed feedstock of wood waste and biosolids

Planning permission for the country’s first power plant that runs on mixed feedstock of wood waste and biosolids from wastewater treatment facilities has been granted.

The 12MW gasification plant planned for the Riverside Industrial Estate in Boston, Lincolnshire, was proposed by Alternative Use Group and Alchemy Farms, with JHG Planning Consultants acting as the planning agent.

The plant is the first of its kind in the UK to process waste wood and biosolids simultaneously as a feedstock to produce syngas, which will then be used to produce enough electricity to power 10,000 homes.

To obtain planning permission, JHG worked closely with environmental consultancy ADAS to produce a detailed odour emissions impact assessment for the site.

ADAS principal odour consultant Steve Peirson said: “We’re really very pleased to have helped JHG secure planning permission for the power plant. Concerns about odours from sites like this have the potential to scupper applications, but a detailed assessment, together with an effective mitigation strategy, helped to allay concerns about odour at an early stage. This proactive approach helped progress the proposals through to planning consent.”

The site at Riverside industrial Estate was chosen, in part, because of its proximity to feedstock, and it is expected that the plant will be operational by late 2012. The plant is expected to directly create 27 new jobs.

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