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Update on Allerton waste recovery park


3:10pm 1st September 2011
(Updated 3:11pm 1st September 2011)



A planning application has today been submitted for a new, state-of-the-art waste treatment facility in North Yorkshire.

The application for Allerton Waste Recovery Park follows over a year of consultation and community liaison across the county.

If approved, the new facility will give North Yorkshire County Council and City of York Council a significant saving on their current waste management bill - and reduce the amount of North Yorkshire's household waste going to landfill by at least 90%.

The application for Allerton Waste Recovery Park - due to be built on an existing quarry and next to a landfill site near the A1 motorway at Knaresborough - has been submitted by UK company AmeyCespa and will radically change the way waste in North Yorkshire is treated.

It is anticipated it will take between nine and 12 months for the application to be considered by North Yorkshire County Council as the Planning Authority.

The planning application documents will be made publicly available once the application has been validated by planning officers in the coming weeks.

Project Director Bill Jarvis said:

"We would like to thank the people who have taken the time to get in touch and find out more about our proposals.

"The new facility will make the most of people's everyday rubbish, ensuring as much is recycled as possible as well as generating renewable energy and creating electricity from waste which would otherwise have gone to landfill. This in turn creates a saving for the councils at a time when budget control is a key issue."

As a result of community feedback, the proposals for the new facility have evolved throughout the consultation period. Improvements made as result of feedback include:

  • Reducing the height of the facility's chimney by 10metres
  • Changing the site layout, building design and materials to improve visual aspects. In response to our amendments, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) has stated: "The design has evolved considerably and we welcome the improvements. We think the plant responds well to its setting."
  • Incorporating an Incinerator Bottom Ash processing facility onto the main site to avoid traffic crossing a bridleway
  • Improving access arrangements to the site from the A168
  • Incorporating existing farm buildings into the proposed development site to create a visitor and education centre

Around half the waste created by York and North Yorkshire's residents each year currently goes to landfill, with the rest recycled at the kerbside. Allerton Waste Recovery Park will reduce landfill by bringing together a variety of innovative technologies on one site:

  • Mechanical treatment - this will remove recyclable items, such as plastic and metals, which have been accidentally put in with general waste.
  • Anaerobic digestion - food and organic waste will be extracted to generate renewable energy.
  • Energy from Waste - this technology will then treat any rubbish which cannot be recycled, recovering enough electricity to power 40,000 homes and enough aggregates to build at least 12km of road carriageway every year.

Bill Jarvis added:

"This is the most up-to-date, cost effective and end-to-end solution to deal with North Yorkshire's waste. An extensive procurement process involving numerous experts has been undertaken to find the best option for dealing with North Yorkshire's waste."

The planning application has been submitted to North Yorkshire County Council and, if approved, the new facility will become operational by early 2015. AmeyCespa will also submit an Environmental Permit application to the Environment Agency later this year.

Further information can be found on the project's dedicated website www.allerton-waste-recovery-park.co.uk.

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