Business secretary Greg Clark has approved plans to replace one of the country’s oldest energy-from-waste (EfW) plants.
Clark granted a development consent order (DCO) for the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) to build a replacement EfW plant at the Edmonton EcoPark, replacing the current facility that opened in 1971.
The NLWA will consider the consent, which covers associated buildings, works and any conditions, at a meeting in April.
It will also need to develop a strategy for delivering the scheme in the forthcoming months.
Clyde Loakes, chair of the NLWA, said he was “delighted” at Clark’s decision: “This puts the authority in the best possible position to consider the scheme in the round and secures the best way of managing north London’s non-recyclable waste long term.”
Construction preparation work could start in 2019, with the existing plant decommissioned and demolished once the new facility is up and running by 2028.
The NLWA’s proposal is called the North London Heat and Power project, and aims to process residual waste from businesses and households in north London and turn it into heat and power.
Following two rounds of public consultation, the application for a DCO to build the facility, and associated development, was accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate on 11 November 2015.
Former business secretary Sajid Javid then appointed an examining authority to scrutinise the application on the Government’s behalf.
The examination ran from February to August in 2016 and included visits to the proposed site, issue-specific hearings, open hearings and extensive written communication between the NLWA and the examining authority.
Eco Park House