CHESHIRE County Council’s executive is objecting to plans by Peel Environmental Ince Limited to build a refuse-derived fuel power station.
The proposed development on Ince Marshes is part of Peel’s controversial waste management and waste recovery park, the remainder of which was turned down yesterday by the county council’s Development Regulatory committee.
The Government had asked the executive for its views as a consultee on the power station plan.
And Wednesday’s decision by the executive and that of Tuesday’s Development Regulatory committee will set the stance to be taken at a public inquiry set for March next year.
The proposal stated the power station would generate electricity and its thermal capacity would be one of the largest energy from waste plants in the UK.
About 105MW of electricity would be generated by conversion of heat recovered from the combustion process. Of that, 95MW would be available for export to the local electricity network and the national grid.
The plant is designed as a combined heat and power facility to export energy in the form of hot water or steam to industrial users on site.
It would be situated on a 7.4 hectare site and would include a fired power plant, energy recovery boiler, steam turbine generator, condenser, cooling tower and chimney stack.
Executive member for Environment, Economy, Rural Affairs and Waste Andrew Needham said: “Our objections are detailed and include the fact that the power station would be contrary to different sections of Cheshire’s 2016 Structure Plan Alternation and the Cheshire Replacement Waste Local Plan.
He added: “Work will now begin gathering information so we can present our case to the public inquiry in three months time and we will call for both the waste management and waste recovery park application and the separate one for the power station to be turned down.”