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Energy from Waste

Energy from waste plant

An Energy from Waste plant at the North Yard of HM Naval Base Devonport has been given approval by planners - subject to section 106 obligations being met.

Members of the Planning Committee voted in favour of granting conditional approval following a six and a half hour meeting today (Thursday).

Seven members of the committee voted in favour of the officer's recommendation to approve the application, subject to conditions, while five voted against.

The application was submitted by MVV Environment Devonport to build the plant at Devonport Dockyard's North Yard. The proposed plant, which will process waste that is not recycled or composted, includes electricity cable connections to the national grid and steam pipe connections into the dockyard.

Further information

About the South West Devon Waste Partnership

Plymouth City Council is one of three local authorities which form the South West Devon Waste Partnership (SWDWP).

Plymouth teamed up with Devon County Council and Torbay Council to find a long-term solution to deal with waste from the south west Devon area that cannot be recycled, re-used or composted.

Continuing to bury our leftover waste is not environmentally sustainable and is becoming more and more expensive. By coming together the different councils have shared expertise, costs and have bid for £95 million of finance credits from the Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

For the last two years, a team from the three councils has looked at proposals put forward by companies interested in bidding for a contract to deal with the partnership's non-recyclable waste.

In November 2010 two final tenders were received, both proposing an energy from waste facility; MVV Umwelt with a site at North Yard, Devonport and Viridor with a site at New England Quarry near Lee Mill.

In January MVV Umwelt was selected as the SWDWP's appointed contractor. The company is proposing a combined heat and power plant providing sustainable electrical energy and usable heat to HM Naval Base Devonport.

The company has to apply for planning consent for their proposal in the normal way.

Where to put the waste we all create is always going to be a difficult subject. Throughout the procurement process, there have been roadshows and briefings, information through the media and online, as well as briefings for councillors in all the authorities.

For more information about the partnership visit the South West Devon Waste Partnership website.

Visit the MVV Environment website for information about the company.