RDF facility refused planning permission

Proposals for a combined heat and power plant that would burn 600,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) were refused planning permission by Cheshire County Council in November.

Property developer Peel Environmental submitted plans for the facility at a site alongside the Manchester Ship Canal in January (ENDS Report 375, pp 18-19 ).

The proposals also included a mechanical-biological treatment (MBT) plant and in-vessel composting facility.

Cheshire said the proposals were "premature" given the ongoing public inquiry into the county’s revised waste local plan. Peel intends to appeal.

The council has also complained to the Department of Trade and Industry about Peel’s application for a section 36 consent for the CHP plant. According to a report by the county’s planning department, Peel fails to provide sufficient information to assess the development’s environmental, health and transport impacts.

It also claims the application breaches regulations relating to development on Cheshire’s estuaries and could lead to waste imports into the county.

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester has issued a tender for the disposal of up to 900,000 tonnes of RDF a year from 2009/10.

The material would come from MBT plants set to be built once the city’s new 25-year waste management contract is finalised. Sita and Viridor are shortlisted for the contract. There is a separate contract for the disposal of the RDF.

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