We have been seeking to develop the land off Storey’s Bar Road as an Energy from Waste facility. Since then we have conducted stakeholder and community consultation events aimed at informing and engaging local people in the plans.
In 2009 the site was approved by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and Peterborough City Council. When approved the designs for this site were in-line with the most up to date technology available.
Over the past 9 years, technology in Energy from Waste has developed significantly, and the consented plans are no longer as technologically up to date as they were. We are therefore submitting a revised layout and design scheme to ensure that the facility operates using the most up to date technology.
As is the case with the previously consented application, the plans are seeking to deliver an Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility on the site. Along with this comes associated plant and infrastructure, a two-storey administration office building, a research and development centre, a visitor centre, a weighbridge, parking areas and internal access roads.
For clarity we confirm that for the purposes of this revised scheme, the originally approved development has been split in to 3 sections; the western portion will comprise of the Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility, the northern portion will comprise of the offices, research and development centre and visitor centre, with the eastern portion remaining undeveloped. There are no plans to develop the eastern portion of the site at present.
In addition to the Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility, we are also looking to create a separate two-storey building that will have a number of functions, including;
- An administration office
- A research and development centre
- A visitor centre with conference and catering facilities
The building has been sensitively designed to fit into its surrounding landscape and to interact with the new onsite ecological habitats created to the northern and western sides of the building. The building will have direct pedestrian links to the main facility to the west, with sufficient car parking provided to the south, and hard and soft landscaping integrating the building into the wider area. The visitor centre will be available for education and community groups, as well as members of the public, to learn more about waste management and renewable.
Since we gained approval for an Energy from Waste and Biomass Fuelled facility on this site in 2009, technology has continued to advance, and we are therefore proposing to use more efficient methods and an alternative design to maximise energy generation on site. This includes:
- A smaller built footprint, with increases in height of around 15m in part
- One combined flue stack of 80m, a change from 9 stacks of 53.8m in height
- Reduced numbers of boilers and steam turbines
- Reduced development area – no longer a separate building in the eastern portion of the site
The process of creating Energy from Waste is governed by strict rules from the Environment Agency which puts in place a clear framework which must be adhered to in order to operate.
The buildings have been carefully designed to fit seamlessly into the context of the local area. Parts of the site which are not hard paved will be sympathetically landscaped, particularly at site boundaries, along water bodies and around car parking areas. There will also be a 2.4m high perimeter fence to ensure that the site is safe from trespass.
No – the waste is brought into the building by completely covered HGVs and unloaded within the building. The building itself is kept at negative air pressure, sucking in air rather than letting it out to ensure that smells do not escape. The potential impact of the site to create odour nuisance has been assessed as part of a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment and has been deemed to be negligible due to the controls in place.