Gas power station proposal submitted in Desborough

Plans for an energy plant that will use household waste to power dozens of homes have been submitted.

Origin Renewable Energy has submitted its planning application for an energy centre at Magnetic Park, Desborough, which will provide renewable heat and power to homes and businesses within the local area.

The firm claims the plant will support local jobs and offer a cost-effective alternative to gas heating.

The plant could receive more than 80,000 tonnes of waste a year and convert it to energy through a process called gasification, minimising the amount of waste sent to landfill.

In the planning application that has been submitted to Northamptonshire County Council, the developers said: “It is apparent that the proposed development represents an efficient and effective use of a site within an existing industrial estate on the edge of Desborough.

“The proposed development will deliver a suitable and sustainable alternative for disposing of waste other than through the exisiting method of landfill sites.”

The centre will also incorporate a visitors centre that will offer training, education and meeting facilities to the local community.

Desborough Town Council, Kettering Council, the Highways Authority, and the Enivronment Agency, among other bodies, will be consulted as part of the planning process, with a decision estimated for September.

People can look at the application and documents online by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/planningapplications.