North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is calling for feedback on proposals for a replacement waste facility in Edmonton by 30 June 2015 at 5pm.
ISSUE DATE: 22 June 2015
Feedback welcomed on a replacement waste facility in north London before 30 June
The consultation is on the North London Heat and Power Project which includes a £450-£500 million Energy Recovery Facility at the Edmonton EcoPark in the London Borough of Enfield. The facility would replace the existing plant and use waste left after recycling as a fuel to generate electricity and potentially heat for local homes and businesses.
Eight public exhibitions have been held at five venues close to the Edmonton EcoPark during June. The project team have been out and about with their mobile vehicle, as well as giving presentations and manning pop-up stalls at local libraries and fitness centres. So far the team has spoken to more than 900 people. More than 3,900 people have visited the project’s website. Everyone can find out more about the project and feedback comments by visiting www.northlondonheatandpower.london
Public consultation is an important part of the planning process and NLWA wants to hear what residents and businesses think of the plans. It is urging all those who would like to make comments on the proposals to do so before 30 June 2015. Comments will then be analysed, before a finalised scheme is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in the autumn. PINS will then hold its own examination, giving people another opportunity to have their say, before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision on the project.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: "We want to prevent waste, we want you to recycle it and anything you can’t, we’re going to turn into fuel and use it to heat and power homes.
"Visit our website – www.northlondonheatandpower.london – to find out more and submit feedback. Everyone has until 30 June to have their say on the project before we submit our plans.
"We also want to hear from everyone who couldn’t make the exhibitions and want to have their say on the project."
As part of the public consultation, NLWA is keen to hear all views on the project. Comments must be made in writing by:
NLWA and the seven boroughs in the area have agreed a joint target for north London to aim for 50 per cent of its waste to be recycled by 2020. Using fuel – waste collected by the seven boroughs which cannot be recycled – the replacement facility would generate power for around 127,000 homes and could provide heat for local homes and businesses. Heat would be distributed locally through schemes such as Enfield Council’s planned Lee Valley Heat Network.
The existing facility employs around 180 people and a replacement would ensure there are manual and highly-skilled jobs on the site for many decades to come.
There will also be many construction jobs involved in building the new plant expected to start with preparation works in 2019 and last for three years as well as jobs involved in the demolition of the existing Energy from Waste plant in 2026/27.
The scheme ensures the EcoPark will continue to be a hub for energy and renewable heat expertise. It would provide significant investment in the local Edmonton area and provide opportunities for local business to supply services.
The site is already earmarked by Enfield Council and the Mayor of London for ongoing waste management use, however due to the amount of electricity it will generate NLWA must submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspectorate will examine the proposal and will hold a series of local hearings before making a recommendation to the Government, which will then make a decision on whether to grant the DCO.
Notes to editors
For more information please contact
Lois Prior, NLWA Communications Manager
Tel: 020 489 4360
North London Waste Authority (NLWA) arranges the disposal of waste collected by the seven London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.
Working with local councils, we encourage and promote the three messages of reduce, re-use and recycle through waste prevention work in the community.
About The North London Heat and Power Project
The North London Heat and Power Project is the North London Waste Authority’s proposal to manage how waste that isn’t separated for recycling in north London should be dealt with in the future.
We want to build an Energy Recovery Facility to replace the existing plant at the Edmonton EcoPark by 2025 so we can recover energy – heat and power – from waste.
At today’s prices, the replacement facility would cost £450-£500 million. However, the details of the final cost will determined after the consultation has completed and the final designs decided in around 2017-2020.
For more on Enfield Council’s Lee Valley Heat Network plans, see www.leevalleyheatnetwork.co.uk
The replacement facility would generate over 50 megawatts of electricity. This means in planning terms it is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and it is the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who makes the decision, not the London Borough of Enfield, as to whether we should be granted consent to build the replacement facility. The consent we will be applying for is known as a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008.
To find out more:
To respond to the consultation between 18 May 2015 to 30 June 2015 comments should be made in writing by: