A CHESTER-BASED green energy firm is in line to oversee a huge eco-park development, creating 400 jobs.

Lateral Power has been selected as the preferred bidder for the eco-park development on Anglesey Aluminium’s former smelting plant in Holyhead.

The firm, based in Saighton, will run a £600m biomass plant and use waste heat and water to create a specialist fish farm.

Carbon dioxide from the plant will be used to fuel hydroponic centres where crops such as tomatoes and lettuce will be grown in water.

Lateral Power’s chief operating officer, Sean McCormick, also a director of McCormick Architecture, said: “This has been in the pipeline for the past three years.

“This is fantastic news not only for the new Lateral Power consortium, but also for McCormick Architecture as the appointed architects to this privately-funded project.

“It’s a design and technology led initiative where, unusually, the concept has been driven from our desires as a practice to deliver on our own commitment to a sustainable future.

“McCormick Architecture will be expanding its Chester practice as a result of the Anglesey initiative.

“Lateral Power and McCormick Architecture are currently assessing a number of other eco-park opportunities in the British Isles.”

McCormick Architecture was established more than 30 years ago by Philip McCormick, and continues to handle both large-scale commercial and domestic work in the region and around the UK.

Anglesey AM Ieuan Wyn Jones said: “This couldn’t come at a better time as these jobs are sorely needed here. A lot of people have worked hard behind the scenes to bring these new jobs to Anglesey, they deserve our thanks.”