Energy-from-waste plant planning application approved
Hull City Council's planning committee has approved the application for an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant to be built on land west of BP Chemicals at Saltend.
As the site straddles the city boundary, both Hull and East Riding councils, planning committees have considered the application made by Waste Recycling Group (WRG).
The application went first to the East Riding's committee in December, and was approved.
And on January 8 it was considered by Hull's planning committee, which moved its meeting to Hull City Hall to provide extra space to accommodate all residents from across the region.
Throughout the day the committee listened to a wide range of views, from objectors as well as those speaking in favour of the proposal, and from the applicant WRG, before members voted by seven to five in favour.
The next stage will involve both councils, waste management departments working with WRG to further develop the proposals for a 240,000 tonne EfW plant and a bulking facility for recycyling, scheduled to be operational from 2010.
Councillor John Fareham, planning committee chairman, said: "I am grateful to all members of the public who showed such an interest and made helpful and informed opinions, as well as to my colleagues for the quality of the debate.
"I am glad this matter has been settled in accordance with due process within the legal framework."
The approval is subject to 46 conditions. These include ensuring that only waste from Hull and the East Riding can be treated at the plant, that it generates and supplies power, and considers the protection of wildlife habitats and landscaping issues.
For more information contact 300300 or visit www.hullcc.gov.uk