Controversial Bilsthorpe Incinerator plant delayed yet again

Bilsthorpe incinerator; an artists impression of the plant energy plant.
Bilsthorpe incinerator; an artists impression of the plant energy plant.

A controversial planning decision for a £70 million incinerator plant at Bilsthorpe has been delayed yet again.

The Government was due to announce whether or not the incinerator at the former Bilsthorpe colliery site would get planning permission this week.

If the decision to grant planning permission for the Peel Environmental application is ultimately given the go-ahead, it would see the construction of a new Energy Centre at the site of the former colliery

But the collapse of a similar scheme at Tees Valley has prompted the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark MP to give objectors to the scheme another chance to comment.

Campaigner Shlomo Dowen said: “Air Products has abandoned its plasma facility project at Tees Valley because of concerns about the technology which they have been unable to overcome.

“It is the same technology which would be used in the controversial Bilsthorpe plant.

“In the light of this new development, the Secretary of State has asked interested groups to submit responses to him.

Mr Dowen said the Bilsthorpe facility plant involved an even more experimental variation of the plasma gasification technology.

“How much more money do Waste2Tricity and Peel intend to squander on this unwanted and unnecessary proposal before they follow Air Product’s lead and give up on this failed technology?”

Developers say the proposed Bilsthorpe Energy Centre (BEC) could bring a £4.3 million annual economic boost to Nottinghamshire, creating up to 46 jobs along ith some 330 construction jobs and creating supply chain opportunities whilst diverting waste from landfill and using it to generate low-carbon energy.

Richard Barker, Development Manager at Peel Environmental, said: “Peel Environmental remain committed to delivering the Bilsthorpe Energy Centre.

“We have received the letter from the Secretary of State Greg Clark MP, requesting comments on a recent decision by a third party organisation to exit the waste sector, and plan to respond within the timeframe provided.”