Today (October 13) the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) granted development consent to Covanta Rookery South for its EfW plant to be built in a former brick clay extraction pit near Stewartby in Bedfordshire.

The station is expected to produce around 55MW of power for the electricity network, as well as surplus heat for use locally.

It is the first ever decision to be issued by the IPC and follows a six month examination of the application by a panel of three commissioners.

IPC chair, Sir Michael Pitt, said: “Today the commission has completed its first examination of an application, and done so within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act. The decision, and all the evidence considered by the Panel of Commissioners in reaching their decision, is publicly available on our website.”

Luke Walsh

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