Indian chemical firm Tata Chemicals Europe and German supplier E.ON’s Waste to Energy business won consent from the Government to build a new power plant in Cheshire today.
The 60 megawatt (MW) waste-to-energy plant will be built on the site of E.ON’s former Lostock coal power station.
A DECC spokesman said: “This plant takes waste and turns it into something of great value – enough power to supply 80,000 homes – and in addition creates jobs for the local community.”
Planning authorities at Cheshire West and Chester Council initially objected to the building application, triggering a mandatory public inquiry which was held in autumn last year.
The council was concerned a waste plant would discourage people from recycling in the local area.
However according to the DECC’s decision letter, the Energy Secretary thought their concerns had already been “adequately addressed” by the plans which make sure the project does not undermine the existing “waste hierarchy”.