Waste plant given council go-ahead

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CONSTRUCTION of a waste facility to treat Doncaster’s rubbish at a site in the Dearne Valley looks set to start after planners backed the scheme.

Rotherham Council’s planning board has given its support to the scheme, which only needs to be rubber stamped by the Government before diggers can move on-site at Manvers.

The mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion facility will handle rubbish from the black bins in Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley.

In April last year the firm 3SE – made up of Shanks Waste Solutions and Scottish and Southern Energy – was selected as the preferred developer.

It signed a 25-year contract with the BDR Waste Partnership, which is made up of Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley councils.

Following the council planning board decision, BDR spokesman Darren Richardson said the organisation noted the decision.

He added: “There will now be a further period, during which the national planning casework unit may want to further consider the detail of the application before full and final consent is given.

“Subject to no further action being required, we anticipate planning consent being confirmed in Autumn.”

Shanks UK managing director Ian Goodfellow said the planning decision was an important milestone in the progress of the scheme.

The plant will treat 256,000 tonnes of waste.

Recyclable materials like metals and glass will be removed and the remaining waste ‘bio-dried’ and made into fuel which will be burned at Ferrybridge Power Station.

The development should create more than 40 jobs in South Yorkshire.

But Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies refused to back the project, because he did not support signing a long-term deal tying Doncaster to a single method of waste disposal. He said Doncaster was tied into the deal by financial penalties for pulling out of the scheme.

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