Plans for a gas-fired power station in Knottingley - which could create up to 1,000 construction jobs - have moved a step nearer.
Developers St Paul’s Developments have secured £2.5m from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing Places fund to carry out major preparation work at the site.
The remediation and infrastructure works will pave the way for a new £750m power station, which would power up to two million homes, to be built on the former Oxiris chemical works on Common Lane.
Plans are currently being considered by the secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey.
Mr Davey will decide whether to accept the planning application by April 2015.
The development would feature a combined cycle gas turbine power plant and create 50 jobs once operational in 2018.
Dennis Enuson, development manager at St Paul’s Developments, said: “We are delighted to have secured the funding from the Growing Places Fund to enable us to further prepare the site for the power station project which would represent a significant investment into the Leeds city region.
“Our long-term vision is to bring the redundant site back to life by creating a mix of uses which can happily co-exist on such an extensive site.”
Roger Marsh, chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership said: “We are pleased to support the regeneration of this brownfield site. In the longer term, this work will create both short and long term jobs for the area.”