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Firm wants permit for incinerator plan

Protesters hand in more than 1,000 objection letters to plans for a waste incinerator on Wheldon Road, Castleford. 
Denise Jefferies and Rod Rayner handing the letters to  Mark Tolson, governance manager

Protesters hand in more than 1,000 objection letters to plans for a waste incinerator on Wheldon Road, Castleford. Denise Jefferies and Rod Rayner handing the letters to Mark Tolson, governance manager

Developers of a proposed incinerator in Castleford have applied for an environmental permit, despite a council recommendation to refuse the application.

Clean Power (UK) Limited has asked the Environment Agency for a permit that would allow it to operate the site, on disused railway land off Wheldon Road, to treat non hazardous municipal and commercial waste. The plant would burn up to 195,000 tonnes per year and be in operation 24 hours a day.

The firm has already applied to Wakefield Council for planning permission, but the Express understands that planning bosses will recommend refusal of the current application as ‘it is not found to be in accordance with planning policies or guidance’.

Even if planning permission was granted, the firm would still need the permit from the Environment Agency.

More than 1,300 objection letters to the proposal have now been registered on the Wakefield Council website.

The plans would include the construction of an advanced conversion technology plant, which would burn waste to produce energy to power 8,000 homes.

Residents are now being invited to have their say on the permit application. The agency has already begun an in depth technical assessment but it could be months before a decision is reached.

A spokesperson from the Environment Agency said: “A facility can only begin treating waste if it has been granted both planning permission and an environmental permit.

“Once we receive an application we are legally required to consider it, even if the site doesn’t currently have planning permission.”

The application can be viewed at the Environment Agency, City Walk, Leeds, between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Visitors must book an appointment on 03708 506506 beforehand.

Comments should be submitted to pscpublicresponse@environment-agency.gov.uk or by writing to Permitting and Support Centre, Land Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF before Friday, June 13.

 

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