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Green energy park to create jobs

Hundreds of construction jobs could be created under plans to build a green energy park at the former site of a power station in Kent.

BFL Management wants to build a recycling plant on the 120ha former home of the Richborough power station. It would recycle household, commercial and industrial waste as well as timber for chipping, tyres for granulation, fridges, electronics and batteries.

Biomass plants would use any other waste produced. Here it will be converted into electricity through heat rather than incineration.

Some 2,000 residents signed a petition against plans for the same type of plant to replace the Richborough power station at the former Otterpool Quarry in Sellindge. The petition, which outlined a number of objections such as high levels of traffic coming in and out of the plant and fears over the potential smells coming from the site, was handed over to Kent County Council in March.

An electricity interconnector, using undersea cabling, would provide power to Belgium and visa versa. National Grid has committed to invest £400M in capital costs and grid connections from the site.

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