View power station plans

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Plans for a second multi-fuel plant at Ferrybridge Power Station – which could create hundreds of jobs – will go on show to the public.

The £300m plant – similar to one already being built at the Stranglands Lane power station – could create around 300 construction jobs and 50 full time positions.

Multifuel Energy Limited (MEL), a joint venture between station operators SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies, is holding public exhibitions about the new scheme over the next six weeks as part of its planning application to the Planning Inspectorate for the development.

The first plant is due to be operational by next summer.

Iain Pybus, the project’s development manager, said: “Multifuel Energy Ltd is delighted that the Planning Inspectorate has accepted our application following careful consideration of all aspects, including the consultation we have carried out with the local community over the past 12 months.

“I would encourage anyone who has an opinion on the project to register their intent to make representation to the Planning Inspectorate during the pre-examination stage.”

The pre-examination stage is expected to take around three to four months and the plans will be on show to public across the area until Thursday, October 16.

They can be viewed at Pontefract Library, Shoemarket, Airedale Library and Learning Centre, The Square and Wakefield Library, Burton Street.

People need to register with the Planning Inspectorate in order to give their views on the proposals and will then be invited to a meeting with interested parties. For more information visit the MEL website at