Public to be consulted on application to build new energy from waste facility in Basildon
Members of the public will soon be asked for their views on a proposed energy from waste facility in Basildon.
A planning application is being prepared by Clearaway Recycling Ltd for two energy plants to be installed on Land South of Archers Field Close, Basildon, SS13 1DN.
Each energy plant will be capable of processing up to 75,000 tonnes of pre-prepared Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) and other non-hazardous residual materials each year.
This fuel will be fired in a furnace from which the flue gases will go into a steam boiler. The produced steam will drive a steam turbine with a generator, which produces electricity. There will be two stacks, one for each plant, which will clean gases produced by the process.
Each plant will create energy for the National Grid, also allowing charging on site of a potential future electric vehicle fleet and the supply of heat to local users.
The majority of materials would be transferred from Clearaway’s nearby waste transfer and recycling site located to the south east in the same industrial estate. These residual materials are currently taken to landfill or exported.
Materials would be transferred in articulated HGVs of approximately 20-25 tonnes capacity (to be determined) and would require approximately 2-3 deliveries per hour on a 24/7 basis.
The source of materials for input to the energy facility will be from Clearaway’s existing waste management business which draws in materials from local Essex markets. Any other materials will also be drawn from materials collected within Essex.
Any planning application submitted would be consulted upon and all comments received would be taken into consideration before a decision is reached by Essex County Council’s Development and Regulation Committee. Basildon Council will be a consultee in the process.
Cllr Tony Ball, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “Clearaway Recycling Ltd have committed to engage with the local community before any planning application is submitted.
“Whilst this is a private proposal, any concerns the local community may have about the burning of waste materials would need to be addressed by the applicant, especially given the site is adjacent to the clean air zone identified by Essex County Council and Basildon Council.
“Given social distancing protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19 there will not be any face-to-face consultation, such as a drop-in sessions. However, Clearaway Recycling Ltd is committed to engaging the local community and stakeholders and is planning to use a range of techniques to seek feedback on the plans.
“These include a dedicated project website, a newsletter to households and businesses and announcements widely advertising the consultation in all formats of local media.
“Once this consultation is completed, Clearaway Recycling Ltd must submit a Consultation Report in support of the application. This must demonstrate how the consultation was delivered; outline the core feedback themes and areas of interest; and detail the applicant’s response, demonstrating how points raised have been addressed.
“This public engagement prior to the application being submitted is proposed to take place in mid-May allowing around 3 weeks to respond. The applicant expects to submit an application by the end of June 2020, but this is a loose timetable at this stage which could change.
“I would call on all interested parties to engage with this consultation to inform the applicant of any issues they have so that, if a planning application is submitted, they can be addressed.”