Keighley £120 million 'clean energy' plant set for approval

The site at Marley earmarked for the 'clean energy' plant

The site at Marley earmarked for the 'clean energy' plant

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Plans for a £120 million ‘clean energy’ complex in Keighley – which will bring around 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 on 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 gas works 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.

And 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, 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.”

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."

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.”

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7:17pm Fri 28 Mar 14

steve10 says...

Call it what you want its still a recycling plant and if the smell from it and the wagons delivering to it are half as bad as the one on canal road, I feel for the residents that will have to live near bye.
Call it what you want its still a recycling plant and if the smell from it and the wagons delivering to it are half as bad as the one on canal road, I feel for the residents that will have to live near bye. steve10
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11:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Mish29 says...

steve10 wrote:
Call it what you want its still a recycling plant and if the smell from it and the wagons delivering to it are half as bad as the one on canal road, I feel for the residents that will have to live near bye.
Good job there's no residents near by then isn't it. The land is at the side of a bypass !
[quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: Call it what you want its still a recycling plant and if the smell from it and the wagons delivering to it are half as bad as the one on canal road, I feel for the residents that will have to live near bye.[/p][/quote]Good job there's no residents near by then isn't it. The land is at the side of a bypass ! Mish29
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7:21pm Sat 29 Mar 14

steve10 says...

Mish29 wrote:
steve10 wrote:
Call it what you want its still a recycling plant and if the smell from it and the wagons delivering to it are half as bad as the one on canal road, I feel for the residents that will have to live near bye.
Good job there's no residents near by then isn't it. The land is at the side of a bypass !
The lower side of Long Lee, Thwaites Brow and Aireworth Road !!! what about those residents Mish29 ??
[quote][p][bold]Mish29[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: Call it what you want its still a recycling plant and if the smell from it and the wagons delivering to it are half as bad as the one on canal road, I feel for the residents that will have to live near bye.[/p][/quote]Good job there's no residents near by then isn't it. The land is at the side of a bypass ![/p][/quote]The lower side of Long Lee, Thwaites Brow and Aireworth Road !!! what about those residents Mish29 ?? steve10
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2:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

G_Firth says...

Not forgetting its on a flood plain area as well.
Not forgetting its on a flood plain area as well. G_Firth
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3:08am Fri 4 Apr 14

Always a 708 Skinhead says...

500 jobs. I hope the pay is well above the minimum wage as it seems from another article thisweek that there are a lot in Keighley trying to exist on less. I hope this company iisn't seeing Keighley as a place to set up business due to a local cheap workforce.
500 jobs. I hope the pay is well above the minimum wage as it seems from another article thisweek that there are a lot in Keighley trying to exist on less. I hope this company iisn't seeing Keighley as a place to set up business due to a local cheap workforce. Always a 708 Skinhead
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5:53pm Sat 12 Apr 14

marja269 says...

steve10 wrote:
Mish29 wrote:
steve10 wrote:
Call it what you want its still a recycling plant and if the smell from it and the wagons delivering to it are half as bad as the one on canal road, I feel for the residents that will have to live near bye.
Good job there's no residents near by then isn't it. The land is at the side of a bypass !
The lower side of Long Lee, Thwaites Brow and Aireworth Road !!! what about those residents Mish29 ??
..............and all those on the Bradford Road at Riddlesden who will get the full force of the stench when it settles in the valley bottom
[quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mish29[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: Call it what you want its still a recycling plant and if the smell from it and the wagons delivering to it are half as bad as the one on canal road, I feel for the residents that will have to live near bye.[/p][/quote]Good job there's no residents near by then isn't it. The land is at the side of a bypass ![/p][/quote]The lower side of Long Lee, Thwaites Brow and Aireworth Road !!! what about those residents Mish29 ??[/p][/quote]..............and all those on the Bradford Road at Riddlesden who will get the full force of the stench when it settles in the valley bottom marja269
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5:56pm Sat 12 Apr 14

MarkPullen says...

G_Firth wrote:
Not forgetting its on a flood plain area as well.
Is it??

The river flows at the other side of the bypass and even Noah would be shocked if the level rose enough to flood this area!
[quote][p][bold]G_Firth[/bold] wrote: Not forgetting its on a flood plain area as well.[/p][/quote]Is it?? The river flows at the other side of the bypass and even Noah would be shocked if the level rose enough to flood this area! MarkPullen
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