Controversial waste-to-energy “incinerator” for Derby recommended for approval

Controversial plans for a waste-to-energy plant on a Derby industrial estate – which has been dubbed by residents as an “incinerator” plant – have been recommended for approval by Planning Director David Gartside.

Envirofusion, which is based in the former Hanson Concrete Works, off Alfreton Road, applied to Derby City Council for permission to test out its waste disposal system. This involves heating rubbish to a temperature of 1,000 degrees C for 18 months.

The proposals attracted more than 450 written objections to what people have dubbed an “incinerator”.

Having considered all arguments, the council’s Planning Director David Gartside says the application should be approved with conditions.

The scheme will now go to vote by the authority’s planning control committee later this week.

In a report to the committee, Mr Gartside writes: “In weighing up the balance of the merits of the scheme, the proposed development is considered acceptable in terms of its heritage impacts, the impacts on visual amenity and highway safety.

“There would be no significant adverse environmental effects on public health, air quality arising from emissions from the stack, or on the amenities of nearby residents arising from this temporary use.”