Plans had previously been put in place for a 300,000 tonnes per-year facility to be built at the site by the waste management company Biffa, approved in 2013, but the development did not progress.

Wheelabrator yesterday (29 May) announced that it has secured the rights to purchase 19.5 acres of land at the location, from the property developer the Harworth Group.

New proposal

Through its SSE joint-venture Multifuel Energy Limited, Wheelabrator said it intends to submit plans to vary the planning application for the site to increase the capacity of the proposed facility up to 410,000 tonnes per year. Financial close for the project is targeted for mid-2020.

Plans were drawn up for an energy from waste plant to be built at the Skelton Grange site in 2010, but these are to be redrawn by Wheelabrator

Paul Green, vice president of business development for Wheelabrator, said: “Acquiring nearly 20 acres at Skelton Grange to create another energy-from-waste site is another major milestone for Wheelabrator.

“We remain committed to investing in new long-term waste infrastructure in the UK – building and operating new energy-from-waste facilities that divert residential and business waste from landfill and produce renewable baseload energy for the local communities in which we operate.”

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