Northamptonshire County Council has approved Clean Power Properties’ application for an energy-from-waste (EfW) site in Corby.
As well as the gasification facility, the firm’s application includes a MRF, education and visitor centre, access, landscaping and associated works at the Willowbrook East Industrial Estate.
The council’s development control committee approved the plans subject to revised conditions including those in relation to noise mitigation.
The gasification facility has been designed to treat 150,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel and 45,000 tonnes of mixed solid waste per annum of primarily local waste arisings, generating 16MW of base load energy.
Its construction is expected to provide 150-200 jobs, as well as 15-20 long-term, full time jobs when it is operational.
Clean Power says on its website that the plant’s technology has been proven to be “effective, clean and efficient”.
“A number of these facilities are already operating in the UK and monitored by the Environment Agency. Many other facilities using similar technology are in operation in the EU and worldwide,” it says.
An objection was received by the council from pressure group United Kingdom Without Incineration Network on grounds that the application should be refused because the plant would not achieve R1 certification so would classify as waste disposal rather than energy recovery.