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Decision due on £300m waste deal for Bradford
Planning permission for a new waste plant in Bradford is expected to be determined by the end of the month as part of a 25-year £300 million deal.
Pennine Resource Recovery hopes to build a resource recovery facility and energy recovery plant at the Bradford Council-owned Bowling Back Lane site, which is currently a waste transfer site and household tip.
The company was selected as the preferred bidder in December as part of a contract to deal with up to 193,000 tonnes of household waste a year across Bradford and Calderdale.
A planning application submitted in May has attracted no objections, with two letters sent in support of the scheme.
In a report to the Council’s environment and waste management overview and scrutiny committee, it has emerged that a special meeting will be held on Friday, October 26, where the planning permission for the plant will be determined. In addition, plans to create a new permanent household waste recycling centre at nearby Parry Lane, to replace the existing one at Bowling Back Lane, have been passed.
Work is scheduled to begin this month with a view to it being up and running by April.
In the report Ian Bairstow, the Council’s strategic director for environment and sport, states: “The waste transfer station and household waste recycling centre at Bowling Back Lane will close for acceptance of all wastes on February 28 2013 in order to allow the Council time to decommission all on-site activity and commence site clearance in readiness for the work’s commencement date.”
He added: “Terms have been agreed to secure a temporary waste transfer station at Alma Works, Fred’s Place, off Sticker Lane. A full lease is currently being drafted with a view to taking possession on January 1 2013 for a period of 3.5 years. Some minor works and the transfer of the environmental permit to the Council are scheduled in advance of full occupation of Fred’s Place on March 1 2013.”
The 25-year deal aims to divert more than 90 per cent of the waste away from landfill and help to increase recycling rates to more than 50 per cent.
If planning permission is granted for the plant, construction will begin next year with the plant up and running by 2016.
A total of 80 permanent jobs will be created at Bowling Back Lane and Keighley, with a further 300 created during construction.
The report will be discussed at the environment and waste management meeting being held on Tuesday at 5.30pm in City Hall, Bradford.