The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is urging the public to get involved and help shape the plans around the North London Heat and Power Project – a £450-500m Energy Recovery Facility at the Edmonton EcoPark in the London Borough of Enfield – as it launches the first phase of public consultation on the project.
NLWA and the seven boroughs in the area have agreed a joint target for north London to aim for at least 50 percent of its waste to be recycled by 2020. The facility, a replacement for the current EcoPark, would generate power for around 127,000 homes and could provide heat for local homes and businesses while heat would be distributed locally through schemes like Enfield Council’s planned Lee Valley Heat Network.
The consultation finishes on 27 January 2015 and people are being encouraged to go online to find out more on the project’s website www.northlondonheatandpower.london. The website includes a feedback form, a summary of the project and all the detailed documents. It also has a short video that explains the project and how everyone can get involved.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: “We want to prevent waste, we want you to recycle it and anything you can’t, we’re going to turn into fuel and use it to heat and power homes. We want you to get involved with our consultation and help us shape the plans for north London. It is a once in a generation opportunity to help us maximise the benefits of waste you can’t recycle.
“We are going to set the benchmark with this project: We want the best technology available when it comes to air quality, the best design available in terms of how it looks, and best of all, in my opinion, is we’re going to be able to heat people’s homes for many years to come.”
The site is already earmarked by Enfield Council and the Mayor of London for ongoing waste management use, however due to the amount of electricity it will generate NLWA must submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspectorate will examine the proposal and will hold a series of local hearings before making a recommendation to the Government, which will then make a decision on whether to grant the DCO. As part of this process NLWA has created a Statement of Community Consultation which sets out how it will consult in the period in which it is preparing the application. This document has been subject to consultation with Enfield Council, the host borough of our application.
Councillor Loakes added: “This is a very prescriptive planning process set out by the Government for projects like these. We will use this process to ensure we get the best project for north London.”