Plans for waste ‘eco-park’ announced

A developer has submitted plans for a £70 million 'eco-park' which will include an Anaerobic Digester (AD) and gasification plant.

Manchester based developer, Sky Properties, has submitted its planning applications for the ‘Green Lane Eco Park’ in Salford.

The site will have a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), with a capacity of around 100,000 tonnes per year, to sort and extract dry recyclables.

An AD plant, will have a capacity of around 60,000 tonnes per year, and will process food and other biodegradable waste to generate renewable energy.

The gasification plant, using technology supplied by Manchester-based Energos, will have a capacity of around 80,000 tonnes a year, to convert residual, non-recyclable waste into renewable energy in the form of heat and power.

Sky Properties, this week, submitted a full planning application for the gasification plant and an outline application for the AD and MRF to Salford City Council, who will now hold a formal consultation on the plans.

Sky Properties has already carried out a thorough pre-application consultation with the local community.

A spokesman for the Sky Properties, said: “The Green Lane site is identified for employment use in Salford Council Planning Policy and is listed as a site suitable for waste management in the Greater Manchester Joint Waste Development Plan Preferred Options Document.

“The proposed site is currently derelict and Sky Properties has been trying to find an acceptable use for it since 2003.

“In 2006, Salford Council refused Sky Properties planning permission for housing on the Green Lane site.

“If planning permission is granted, the facility represents a multi-million pound investment to the local area and would provide direct employment for around 60 people once operational, and many more indirectly.”

Campaigners who have formed the group Say No To Green Lane Incinerator will hold a meeting tomorrow in a Salford pub to discuss how to fight the plan.

Luke Walsh

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