York planners back green energy project at North Selby Mine site

York Press: The former North Selby Mine The former North Selby Mine

A CONTROVERSIAL £23.5 million green energy site between York and Selby should be built, city planners have said.

Proposals by Peel Environmental for an anaerobic digestion plant, which would convert organic waste into enough power for about 3,500 homes, on the North Selby Mine site near Deighton and Wheldrake have been recommended for approval when they go before City of York Council’s planning committee next week.

The final decision would rest with the Government, but planning officers have said the benefits of the scheme – including new jobs and greener energy – would outweigh any harm caused to its green belt surroundings.

Opponents claim the development should not be built in a countryside location and it will cause major traffic problems.

The planning application was originally approved last year, before a legal challenge following an error in a report by planners led to it being quashed and needing to be debated again.

Peel says the plant would employ 56 full-time and 50 seasonal workers, as well as 256 construction roles and boost the local economy by about £2 million a year while cutting annual CO2 emissions by about 20,000 tonnes.

More than 360 objections were lodged against the plans when they were originally submitted, and 60 more have been made against the renewed application, with opposition also coming from local MPs Julian Sturdy and Nigel Adams and nearby parish councils.

The North Selby Mine Action Group said “exceptional circumstances” needed to be shown for the development to be allowed in the green belt, and it was “difficult to understand” how this requirement had been met.

However, a report by council planning chief Jonathan Carr said Peel had claimed there was no other suitable site for the facility in the area, not building it would mean more waste going to landfill, and the plant would bring “significant climate change benefits”.

It said: “It is considered that, cumulatively, these amount to very special circumstances.

“The scheme would create jobs within the key growth sectors of bioscience and agri-foods, and reduce the amount of organic waste being sent to landfill.”

If approved by the council and Government, the £17.5 million plant would open in 2016 and be built alongside a £6 million horticultural glasshouse.

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12:51pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Brighouse Lad says...

I remember that years ago part of the planning contraints for the Selby coalfield was that when the mines closed, the sites had to be returned back to the countryside. Why hasn't this been done already? North Selby closed over ten years ago.
I remember that years ago part of the planning contraints for the Selby coalfield was that when the mines closed, the sites had to be returned back to the countryside. Why hasn't this been done already? North Selby closed over ten years ago. Brighouse Lad
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4:02pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Dave Taylor says...

The lad is right... however, the owners have tried over years to persuade Local Authorities that it could be used for some other form of business. Those Planning Applications all have to be considered and the positives weighed against the damage they may do.
The lad is right... however, the owners have tried over years to persuade Local Authorities that it could be used for some other form of business. Those Planning Applications all have to be considered and the positives weighed against the damage they may do. Dave Taylor
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9:49pm Thu 16 Jan 14

baldiebiker says...

Like the one near Eggborough power station millions of pounds in grants claimed and never produced a single watt, still it provided a few jobs for a while and now does nothing?
Like the one near Eggborough power station millions of pounds in grants claimed and never produced a single watt, still it provided a few jobs for a while and now does nothing? baldiebiker
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2:04am Fri 17 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Opponents claim the development should not be built in a countryside location and it will cause major traffic problems.

So if they don't want it built in the countryside, are they honestly suggesting it should be built in the middle of the city? in the middle of a housing estate?

Are they on crack?!
[quote]Opponents claim the development should not be built in a countryside location and it will cause major traffic problems. [/quote] So if they don't want it built in the countryside, are they honestly suggesting it should be built in the middle of the city? in the middle of a housing estate? Are they on crack?! Magicman!
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10:39am Fri 17 Jan 14

myselby says...

North Selby Mine ? Escrick Colliery more like its not Greenbelt its a brown field site ! just NIMBYs
North Selby Mine ? Escrick Colliery more like its not Greenbelt its a brown field site ! just NIMBYs myselby
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