Energy park to power homes in Hucknall?

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AN AMBITIOUS plan to create a green energy-park in Bulwell could provide enough power to run the Rolls-Royce site and supply electricity to a major housing development in Hucknall, it has been claimed.

Nottingham City Council is behind the £50 million eco-friendly project, which is earmarked for the site of the Blenheim Lane allotments in the town.

It would feature business units and an incinerator to generate power for the nearby firms by recycling rubbish, including food scraps. Wind turbines could also be used.

The project even has the potential to create up to 500 jobs.

Electricity generated could then go back into the National Grid and the council suggests this could be used at Rolls-Royce, off Watnall Road, as well as the 800 homes earmarked for the Wigwam Lane playing fields and adjoining Grange Farm site in Hucknall.

The project is in its early stages and a small group of allotment-holders on the suggested site say they are prepared to fight all the way to block eviction from the land.

But the city council has pinpointed a suggested start date for construction of spring 2013.

Key to the scheme going ahead is private funding, so potential investors held a meeting with council chiefs. Two or three consortia of developers have already formed to bid for the site.

Further meetings are to be held to iron out details and set up an agreement which, the city council hopes, will provide a financial return for itself while private developers foot the building costs.

Already the energy park is being lined up to provide potential training at Bulwell Academy so youngsters can go into green industries.

Coun Graham Chapman (Lab), deputy leader of the city council, is reported as saying: “We are not looking for an Eastcroft Mark Two (incinerator).” He also admits the project is “a big challenge”.