Non-material amendment to the original application for three waste-to-energy plants is granted planning approval.
Revised planning application refused.
Development of a WtE facility.
In December 2015, a non-material amendment to a previous planning application for three waste-to-energy (WtE) plants to be built on the derelict former gasworks site in Keighley, owned by the Halton Group, was granted planning approval. The application was for the development of three plants to recover energy from waste, with materials reception and feedstock building, offices, education/visitor centre, parking and landscaping - revised/replacement Flood Risk Assessment and Landscape Assessment.
The Halton Group has formed a special company, Endless Energy, to implement the project. A two-strong partnership of companies has been designated to deliver the £135 million scheme: CNIM will manufacture the plant and construction works will be carried out by the Clugston Group.
The December 2015 amendment comprised:
(i) the repositioning of some personnel and roller shutter doors and elimination of others;
(ii) a slight repositioning of the weighbridge;
(iii) the introduction at ground level of two 1,800 mm pipes that connect building I to building J;
iv) a metal screen fence erected between buildings I and J;
v) an increase in width to the approved conveyor;
vi) minor elevation changes to building M;
vii) minor increase to landscape areas;
viii) a reduction in the stack diameter.
In July 2016, Keighley News reported that the project agent, JO Steel Consulting, has confirmed that all planning requirements have been met and amendments to the proposals have been approved by Bradford Council. At a public consultation held in the town at the end of the month, it was revealed that preparatory work on-site would start in August.
A judicial review of BMDC's decision to grant planning permission was held in Leeds on 15th and 16th January 2018, resulting in the dismissal of the legal challenge. The next step will be for Endless Energy to apply for an environmental permit for the facility.
The previous application was for two waste recycling plants to be built on the site, but the plans were unanimously refused by a City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BMDC) planning committee in August 2015. Councillors unanimously refused the plan, on the grounds of its size and the proposed materials to be used.
Prior to the refusal, in April 2014, the BMDC recommended approving planning permission for
three plants to recover energy from waste, with materials reception and
feedstock building, offices, education/visitor centre, parking and landscaping.
This application was a material amendment to the proposal which was granted
permission in April 2014.
The major differences between the April 2014 approved plan and the plan which was refused in August 2015 were: a
reduction of the number of energy facilities from three to two; removing the
tyre waste pyrolysis activity; a slimming of the stack from a 4.0 metre to
2.2 metre diameter; an increase in the height of the buildings, maximum by
approximately 5 metres; a change in the layout/footprint of several buildings; and an
increase of the ‘massing’ of the buildings.
Mr John Steel
JO Steel Consulting
41 Tulyar Court Bingley West Yorkshire BD16 3ND United Kingdom