Members of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) have approved the submission of plans for the replacement energy recovery facility, to be located at the Edmonton EcoPark near Tottenham.
On Friday (September 25), the Authority approved the submission of an application for a Development Consent Order for the facility – a planning application for infrastructure developments that are deemed to be of ‘national significance’.
The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change – Hastings and Rye MP Amber Rudd – will consider the proposals, following a report by the Planning Inspectorate.
The planned new plant, which will cost an estimated £450-500 million, is due to be operational by 2025 – with the Authority planning to use heat from the facility to heat homes and businesses across the north of the capital.
The Edmonton site has housed the existing 550,000 tonnes-per-year capacity energy-from-waste plant since the early 1970s, which is due to reach the end of its operational life in 2025.
The facility treats residual waste on behalf of the Authority’s six members, the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Enfield and Islington.
NLWA has carried out two separate consultations with business owners and residents in the North London boroughs affected by the proposed new development.
NLWA claims that the new facility will be ‘unrivalled’ in its approach to tackling emissions and has been designed to make it fit with the surrounding area.
The plant has a ‘shrink wrap’ design and shape to keep height to a minimum while the shape of the chimney stack will lessen its visual impact, NLWA claims.
The proposals also include a Visitors’ Centre and a household waste recycling centre for the public and businesses.