Members of North London Waste Authority have today (25 September) approved the submission of the application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a replacement Energy Recovery Facility at the Edmonton EcoPark to the Planning Inspectorate.
The replacement facility would need to manage up to 700,000 tonnes of waste a year at a peak, and could provide enough power for around 127,000 homes. The Authority is also looking at diverting some of the energy to local homes and businesses via heat networks. The Lee Valley Heat Network, which is a separate project that will be managed by Enfield Council, is aiming to use the available heat from the existing facility as soon as next year.
Members of the Authority reviewed the responses received during two phases of consultation on the Authority’s DCO application between November 2014 and June 2015, and have taken these comments on board as part of the application submission.
Where possible comments and suggestions received during the consultation have been accommodated, and the project proposal adjusted accordingly. Some suggestions submitted by consultees could not be accommodated for a variety of reasons, including restrictions relating to the site and the site location.
Comments were received on a variety of topics, from the need for the facility itself, to its design and appearance, and the technology proposed for the facility.