Consultation on revised plans for energy recovery facility in Corby

Cllr Rob McKellar has said he will campaign against this new planning application

Cllr Rob McKellar has said he will campaign against this new planning application

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A public consultation is being held over revised plans for an energy recovery facility in Corby.

Clean Power is preparing to submit an application to revise the planning consent it was granted last year for an energy recovery facility at its site in Shelton Road on the Willowbrook industrial estate.

The firm says its revised proposals represent an opportunity for £100 million of investment into Corby.

As part of a consultation programme, Clean Power is holding a public exhibition from 2pm to 7pm on Tuesday, June 7, at the Stephenson Way Community Centre in Corby.

The exhibition will give people the chance to find out more about its proposal to build an energy recovery facility using residual waste-derived fuel, which would otherwise be sent to landfill, to generate 15MW of energy which it says would be enough to meet the energy needs of up to 13,000 homes - almost half of the homes in Corby.

The proposed facility will process 150,000 tonnes per annum of waste-derived fuel using a technology called gasification.

The company says the project will create between 150 and 200 new jobs during construction and between 15 and 20 permanent jobs when it starts operating.

A letter sent by Clean Power to local councillor Rob McKellar states: “You may be aware that Clean Power already benefits from this existing planning consent to build a modern energy recovery facility on the Shelton Road site.

“However, before commencing construction, we reviewed the project and decided there was a more proven technology that could be used at the facility.

“Instead of using the gas produced from the waste in an engine to produce electricity, the improved technology we wish to deploy uses the gas to heat water to drive a steam turbine, which then generates electricity.

“To accommodate the new technology we needed to get permission to slightly increase the size of the building.

“The amount of waste that will processed is likely to be less than the consented scheme and the consequent number of vehicle movements fewer than originally planned.

“We talked to the planning team at Northants County Council about these amendments and we agreed they could be made by way of a Section 73 application to vary the existing planning permission, which the county council resolved to grant, but was subsequently called in by the Secretary of State, triggering a public inquiry.

“Public inquiries tend to be costly and time consuming for all involved, therefore we have decided to submit a new, full planning application for this project, which includes a comprehensive public consultation programme.”

Cllr McKellar, who has continually opposed the project as well as other gasification schemes in the Corby area, said: “With a fresh application going in there will also be a new public consultation which will give local residents another opportunity to submit comments or objections.

“I will certainly be campaigning against the scheme.”

Members of the project team will be at the exhibition to answer any questions people have about the project.

For more details go to www.corbyrenewableenergy.com, call 0808 1681678 or email info@corbyrenewableenergy.com.