Consent secured for £300m energy from waste plant

An application for the  South Humber Bank Energy Centre has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The project includes the construction and operation of an energy from waste plant of up to 95 megawatts gross capacity, along with associated development including an electrical connection, landscaping and access.

An application for the scheme was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration by EP Waste Management Ltd on 9 April 2020 and accepted for examination on 4 May 2020.

Construction will now start early next year on a programme expected to last three years.

The South Humber Bank Energy Centre project will support 600 construction jobs before the plant becomes operational in 2025.

It will be built next to the existing power station and provide electricity for about 100,000 homes.

The Planning Inspectorate’s chief executive, Sarah Richards, said:  “The Planning Inspectorate has examined more than 100 nationally significant infrastructure projects ensuring local communities had the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them.

“Local people, the local authority and other interested parties were able to participate in the examination.

“The Examining Authority listened and gave full consideration to local views and the evidence gathered during the examination before making their recommendations.”