Planners press button for new Keighley energy plant

How the complex would look

How the complex would look

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by

Plans for a £120 million clean energy complex in Keighley – which will bring about 500 jobs to the town – are set to be given the green light.

The massive scheme will go before Bradford councillors next week, with a recommendation from planners that it be approved.

Officers – in a report to be presented to the regulatory and appeals committee next Thursday – say the pioneering project would regenerate a brownfield site, provide a source of renewable energy and give the area a huge employment boost.

Three plants for recycling waste would be constructed on the derelict former gasworks site in Airedale Road, alongside the Aire Valley trunk road at Marley.

The initiative would also include an education and visitor centre, plus a two-storey office building, parking and landscaping. A data-storage centre and offices would be built on land in nearby Dalton Lane.

Already-processed commercial and industrial waste will be brought to the plants, which together will be capable of producing 80,000,000 kWh of electricity a year – virtually enough to power the whole town.

Behind the pioneering scheme is the Halton Group, which owns the sites.

If the project gets the go ahead, work could start in the autumn and the complex be operational by the end of 2016.

Three hundred jobs would be created during the construction phase and once operational, 80 people would be employed in the plants and about 100 in the offices.

Keighley Central councillor and Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Khadim Hussain said the scheme would be “excellent news” for the town and the Bradford district.

“I welcome the fact that it is recommended for approval,” he said.

“This clean-energy plant will be good for the environment, help with the regeneration of the area and create employment.”

The processed waste brought to the complex would comprise plastics, building materials and tyre crumbs.

The electricity produced will go into the national grid.

And the facility would operate within tightly defined air-quality requirements set by the Environment Agency.

Agent for the plans, John Steel, of JO Steel Consulting, said: “A very comprehensive report which addresses all the issues is going before the regulatory and appeals committee and we will await the decision of the members.”

Keighley MP Kris Hopkins said: “The Keighley economy has been improving steadily for some time, and this scheme has the potential to move the pace of recovery up a gear.

“It has my full support and I hope – if approved – the construction stage can begin as swiftly as possible, creating a great many vital jobs for the area.”

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10:04am Fri 28 Mar 14

BEETEEE says...

Excellent
Excellent BEETEEE
  • Score: 6

10:38am Fri 28 Mar 14

Albion. says...

BEETEEE wrote:
Excellent
Ditto.
[quote][p][bold]BEETEEE[/bold] wrote: Excellent[/p][/quote]Ditto. Albion.
  • Score: 6

7:07pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Keighley resident says...

This is a one sided article that does not take into account the opinions of residents who live within 100 metres of the proposed site. The claim that it will create jobs for the local area is misleading as the majority of jobs created will be for outside contractors and people living outside the area. How can you claim that this is a clean energy plant when a similar plant in Leeds last year was on fire for several weeks causing pollution to the local environment. Has the planning applicant written this article or how can you explain the incredible bias without any consideration to the local residents you allegedly represent. This article is not balanced, factual or a representation of all the local opinion. You represent this as a "done deal" which makes a mockery of the appeal process we as local residents are involved in.
This is a one sided article that does not take into account the opinions of residents who live within 100 metres of the proposed site. The claim that it will create jobs for the local area is misleading as the majority of jobs created will be for outside contractors and people living outside the area. How can you claim that this is a clean energy plant when a similar plant in Leeds last year was on fire for several weeks causing pollution to the local environment. Has the planning applicant written this article or how can you explain the incredible bias without any consideration to the local residents you allegedly represent. This article is not balanced, factual or a representation of all the local opinion. You represent this as a "done deal" which makes a mockery of the appeal process we as local residents are involved in. Keighley resident
  • Score: -1

11:12am Sat 29 Mar 14

spinnekop says...

Fair do's, However, I suspect, like Arthur Dent you will find the plans have been publicly available for some time even if they were in a locked filing cabinet in the sub-basement toilet with a sign on it saying 'Beware of the Leopard'

This plant is a good thing, emissions will be monitored and strictly controlled and as for it catching fire, well anything that catches fire will spew pollution. EG your house, so perhaps that should be knocked down in case it catches fire?

Not local jobs? Unfortunately that's how it works, the bug boys get the contracts and bring their buddies. But they will spend money locally while they are there and there will be jobs for locals at the plant when it is built. May even be sub contracts during the build too.

As for Bias, well this is the 'Turnover and Acquiesce'
Fair do's, However, I suspect, like Arthur Dent you will find the plans have been publicly available for some time even if they were in a locked filing cabinet in the sub-basement toilet with a sign on it saying 'Beware of the Leopard' This plant is a good thing, emissions will be monitored and strictly controlled and as for it catching fire, well anything that catches fire will spew pollution. EG your house, so perhaps that should be knocked down in case it catches fire? Not local jobs? Unfortunately that's how it works, the bug boys get the contracts and bring their buddies. But they will spend money locally while they are there and there will be jobs for locals at the plant when it is built. May even be sub contracts during the build too. As for Bias, well this is the 'Turnover and Acquiesce' spinnekop
  • Score: 0

11:13am Sat 29 Mar 14

spinnekop says...

Whatever happened to that plan for a plant in Bradford?
Whatever happened to that plan for a plant in Bradford? spinnekop
  • Score: 0

11:22am Sat 29 Mar 14

BEETEEE says...

The Bradford plant was government sponsored - they effectively withdrew the long term backing which made it uneconomical. Shame.
The Bradford plant was government sponsored - they effectively withdrew the long term backing which made it uneconomical. Shame. BEETEEE
  • Score: 1

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