Peel Environmental has re-drafted plans to turn a former coal mine in Yorkshire into an energy from waste (EfW) plant after facing stiff opposition to its original proposals from local residents.
Last year Peel Environmental, in collaboration with UK Coal, went public with plans to turn the North Selby mine into a gasification and anaerobic digestion facility.
But the project had to be abandoned after it was revealed the site would breach “technically acceptable” noise levels.
Peel Environment has now published details of a anaerobic digestion facility capable of processing 60,000 tonnes of waste a year, which will be combined with a glasshouse facility to be operated by horticultural company Plant Raisers.
Director Myles Kitcher said: “Following feedback from the local community Peel Environmental has reviewed its options for the North Selby mine site.
“Since the initial round of community consultation, we have undertaken surveys and other assessments which have helped to inform the new scheme. Based on these assessments, it was not considered appropriate to continue with the gasification element of the original proposal.
“For this reason, we have developed new plans for the North Selby anaerobic digestion and horticultural glasshouse facility. We believe that this proposal makes best use of the site by making use of the existing grid connections.”
In addition the company has put forward proposals to build an EfW facility with combined heat and power (CHP) adjacent to the still-functioning Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire. If build the centre will be capable of producing 26MW of electricity and heat that could be supplied to the nearby colliery.
Peel Environmental announced last year it was looking at the feasibility of building waste plant facilities at 11 sites owned by UK Coal.
Peel Environmental was created by the infrastructure, transport and real estate giant Peel Group. It recently put in planning applications bids in Scotland for two projects to provide Glasgow with EfW facilities and anaerobic digestion for food waste recycling.