Go-ahead for Yorkshire energy from waste plant

Plans for a 90MW energy from waste plant on land at an existing coal-fired power station in West Yorkshire have been approved by the energy secretary after she concluded that the scheme was supported by national planning policy.

Ferrybridge power station (pic Chris Phillips via Flickr)
Ferrybridge power station (pic Chris Phillips via Flickr)

Amber Rudd has granted development consent for the plant which would be built on land at the existing Ferrybridge power station site, north-west of Knottingley.

According to Rudd’s decision letter, the plant would be fuelled by "waste derived fuels from various sources of processed municipal waste, commercial and industrial waste and waste wood".

The letter said that Rudd was satisfied that "in the absence of any adverse effects which are unacceptable in planning terms, making the order would be consistent with energy National Policy Statements EN-1 (the Overarching NPS for Energy) and EN-3 (the NPS for Renewable Energy) and that taken together, these NPSs set out a national need for development of new nationally significant electricity generating infrastructure of the type proposed by the applicant."

The letter also said that Rudd was satisfied that the development was not likely to have a significant effect on any European protected site, "or any other site to which the same protection is applied as a matter of policy, either alone or in combination with other plans or projects."

Overall, Rudd considered that there was "a compelling case for granting consent."

"Given the national need for the proposed development, as set out in the relevant National Policy Statements referred to above, the secretary of state does not believe that this is outweighed by the development’s potential adverse local impacts, as mitigated by the proposed terms of the order", the letter concluded.

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