A £70M recycling and energy-from-waste plant is to be built in the East Midlands after receiving approval from planners last night.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning committee gave Peel Environmental the green light to construct the Bilsthorpe Energy Centre on a former colliery site.
The scheme will consist of a materials recovery facility to filter out 22,000 tonnes of recyclables each year, as well as a gasification facility to turn the remaining 95,000 tonnes of waste into electricity.
A by-product of the electricity generating process will be used as aggregate for highway construction.
Councillor John Wilkinson, head of the county council’s planning committee, said: “Members have found the Bilsthorpe Energy Centre application an extremely challenging decision to make.
“However, our role is to carefully balance the evidence presented by the applicant and to consider these against national and local planning policy and guidelines. If an application is to be refused, we must have sound, material planning grounds to do so.
“Peel Environmental’s proposal gives Nottinghamshire the opportunity to be at the forefront of new ways to responsibly recover energy from rubbish and to stop burying it underground creating methane gas, a major contributor to greenhouse gas and global warming.
“It will create green electricity for over 10,000 homes and businesses and is a step forward in reducing our national reliance on imported coal and gas. It will also support district targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and create new jobs on an existing industrial site.”