Heat is turned up on energy park allotment-holders

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to create a £50 million energy park in Bulwell — and fuel new jobs and investment in the town — are poised to take a big step forward.

Nottingham City Council is aiming to develop a seven-hectare piece of land on Blenheim Lane.

The site is home to a cluster of allotments where a handful of gardeners have refused to leave.

But now the council says some have been served with eviction notices, while one unauthorised allotment-holder was being removed from the site and offered a plot nearby.

The city council wants to press ahead with the project, which will include a green power plant. It was previously suggested this could use household waste to generate electricity.

The plant will supply competitively-priced power and heat to new factories that will built on the rest of the land, with the aim of creating up to 300 jobs.

The site, which is in a prime location, was earmarked for employment use in development plans put together by the city council, which owns the site.

Informal planning guidance, setting out what the council expects the energy park to look like, was approved earlier this year. The council is now in the process of making the site ready so that its ambitious plans can go ahead.

Surveys have been carried out to confirm no protected species live there.

The proposals have attracted interest from Nottingham-based companies, as well as national and international organisations across the energy, waste, construction and technology sectors.

Deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, Coun Graham Chapman (Lab), said:

“This energy park will boost the local economy at a time when there is precious little growth, bringing much-needed jobs for skilled and unskilled workers, training opportunities, apprenticeships and substantial investment to the area.

“It will support start-up businesses and the burgeoning green-tech sector, and will tap into the growing market for highly sustainable, energy-efficient premises.

“The energy park will enhance Nottingham’s unique position as the UK’s most sustainable city. Further, there is the possibility of surplus supplies of energy benefiting the existing Blenheim Lane industrial estate.”