A planning application for an £80m energy-from-waste (EfW) site is set to be submitted to Cumbria County Council this summer.
Fortum Carlisle, Kingmoor Park Properties and Verus Energy are proposing the development of a site earmarked for EfW in the council’s latest Minerals and Waste Local Plan.
The facility at Kingmoor Park Industrial Estate in Carlisle, which would employ up to 40 people, would process waste material and refuse-derived fuel from the local area.
A consultation event for local residents and businesses is being held on 4 May ahead of the planning application being submitted. People will have another opportunity to make comments to the council in the summer after the application has been submitted.
A Verus Energy spokesperson said: “As part of our community consultation exercise, we are delighted to be holding a public event in Kingmoor, Carlisle, in order to engage with local residents and businesses and give them an opportunity to find out more about the proposed facility and comment on the project.
“Cumbria council has allocated the site for the development of an energy recovery facility and our proposals will take this allocation forward into a full planning application. The proposal will create local employment, divert waste from landfill and generate electricity and heat in a sustainable manner.”
Meanwhile, the company’s director David Diracles told MRW that it had nothing to do with nappy recycler Knowaste’s renewed plans to build a site in the UK.
Verus had teamed up with Knowaste in 2009 to install an energy island on a recycling plant in West Bromwich that closed in 2013 after just two years.
But Diracles said his firm had not had contact with the nappy recycler for a few years.