Revised plans have been drawn up for a controversial energy-from-waste plant in Ince.

Peel Environmental says it continues to make progress in bringing forward its flagship Protos development by preparing a renewed scheme for the plant, which would receive 350,000 tonnes of waste a year on the £170m energy, innovation and industry park.

The plan is to amend the original proposal and reduce it in size to develop a 35mw energy-from-waste power source at the 126-acre site.

Construction is expected to start as early as 2017.

The plant would create energy from household, commercial and non-hazardous industrial waste which would arrive mainly from within the region, according to Peel.

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More than 300 jobs are expected to be created during construction and up to 40 permanent positions once the works are operational, with the wider Protos project set to deliver more than 3,000 jobs.

Peel explains the move marks the next step ‘in delivering the Protos vision’ with work to construct a 20mw biomass plant and enabling infrastructure already under way.

The site has also recently became part of the new Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone which will offer incentives such as business rates support and enhanced capital allowances to encourage further investment.

Jane Gaston, Protos development director at Peel Environmental, said: “This is a real landmark moment for Protos. Our vision for Protos to create a regional energy hub with international clout is fast becoming a reality.

“In addition to £170m announced at our start on site, this deal represents further significant investment into the northern economy.

“Protos will become an energetic environment where innovative businesses can sit alongside renowned research facilities and industry. Having this energy facility and the biomass facility under construction as anchor developments is a real boost for this approach.”

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The proposed project benefits from a previous consent granted in 2009 for a 95mw installation.

Peel Environmental says it plans to submit an application for the 35mw version to the borough council in the coming months.

It is working with Covanta, which continues to hold an interest in the energy from waste site at Protos, with a view to securing a renewed partnership for delivery of the plant.

Protos was initially known as Ince Resource and Recovery Park.

The original permission for the energy from waste plant was granted despite objections from local campaigners with fears being expressed the site could become a ‘dumping ground’ for the country’s waste.

There are to be links between Protos and the University of Chester’s high tech Thornton Science Park nearby.