THE multi-million pound waste scheme at Manvers will go ahead, to be operational by 2015!
Rotherham planners approved the giant composting scheme last month but because the site includes a parcel of green belt land, a final go-ahead from the Government’s national planning casework unit was necessary. This has now been received.
Work will begin soon on the site off Bolton Road, to the dismay of community protestors who remain very concerned about the impact of increased traffic.
One residents’ group that formed as an anti-incineration body in the early stages carried on fighting the scheme largely on grounds of traffic congestion, maintaining that the site is unsuitable for such a development.
But the plans received unanimous approval from Rotherham Council’s planning committee.
The site’s green belt land is a corner plot of around 7,000 square metres (11 per cent) of its 14-acres, that is otherwise brownfield.
Shanks Group plc will now run mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion units together on the same site for the first time. The plant will deal with up to 265,000 tonnes of domestic and commercial waste each year.
After treatment, nearly half of the waste will end up as a solid recovered fuel, to be used to generate electricity at a new multi-fuel plant to be built by the existing SSE Ferrybridge Power Station.
Financial close on the deal worth over £750 million was reached between 3SE (Shanks Group plc and Scottish and Southern Energy plc) and Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham Councils at the start of this year.
The scheme was supported by £77 million made available by the Government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
Deliveries will be made from 6am to 7pm at the site, that will operate around the clock, with up to 300 wagon movements a day in and out of the premises. And townships and villages to be affected by the new traffic flow will include Mexborough, Conisbrough, Denaby, Rawmarsh and Parkgate, Swinton, Hickleton, Goldthorpe, Wath and Brampton.
The main part of the site was once part of the former Manvers Colliery spoil tip and coke works. But it borders the Green Belt within an eco-valley promoted for its wildlife.
Building of the plant will take 28 months then after a testing period, the units will become operational in Spring 2015.