CONTROVERSIAL plans for a waste incinerator plant close to Castleford town centre are being recommended for refusal at a planning meeting next week.
The proposed plant off Wheldon Road would deal with up to 195,000 tonnes of non-hazardous industrial, commercial and residential waste per year in a 24-hour operation.
It would include an electricity sub station and produce enough power for up to up to 10,000 homes.
More than 1,500 people have written to Wakefield Council’s Planning and Highways Committee to object to the scheme, which is proposed by Clean Power Properties and Network Rail Infrastructure.
Objectors have raised concerns that the plant would lead to an increase in air and noise pollution on the site near Castleford town centre.
The plant, which would create 30 full-time jobs, includes plans for two rail sidings off the main railway line, a visitor centre and a new access road.
The plans are being recommended for refusal at the planning and highways committee meeting at County Hall in Wakefield next Thursday.
A report to the meeting states: “The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the proposed development would serve an identified need which cannot be met by existing or allocated facilities.”
Cleanpower Properties say the facility would be designed to have the lowest possible impact on its surroundings. Four 30m tall chimneys would release only water vapour and a small amount of carbon dioxide rather than smoke.
The company says that the technology used to process the waste involves steam and heat in an oxygen-free environment which produces charcoal and combustible gas and, in turn, electricity.