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St Helens energy recovery facility nears approval

Plans for a new energy recovery facility in the North West will be discussed at St Helens Council’s next planning meeting.

The proposals from local glass company Pilks are recommended for approval subject to conditions.

Sited on Sherdley Road, the plant would be capable of generating 15MW of electricity and providing surplus power to the national grid.

Pilks is planning to use the facility to power its manufacturing operations at Greengate and Watson Street Works.

If the plans are given the green light, an existing administration building, car park and security building at the site would be demolished to make way for a multi-storey car park, new building and security lodge as well as an electrical substation and administration car park.

The planning committee’s report reads: “The proposed development is for an energy from waste plant on an unallocated site. However, sites allocated in the plan are not available, nor is the majority of consented capacity in the sub region.

“In particular, siting in this instance is required in order to supply Pilkington Greengate and Watson Street works with energy. This would bring about significant economic benefits to St Helens.

“In general, the impacts of other matters of acknowledged importance are either not significant or can be appropriately mitigated both through the construction and operational phases. Thus, in this case, the development complies with the development plan for St Helens, and is a sustainable development.”

The proposed development is expected to create 200 jobs during construction and up to 20 jobs once the plant is operational.

The plans are due to be discussed at the planning committee meeting on 21 March.