THE company behind plans to build 2,750 homes on a site between York and Knaresborough has revealed that it could heat the development using energy generated by a huge incinerator.

Flaxby Park Ltd says its district heating scheme would take steam - or very hot water - from the nearby waste recovery centre at Allerton via an insulated pipeline running under the A168 and A1 to its proposed development at Flaxby Park.

A heat exchanger in every property would convert the piped heat into water at an appropriate temperature to flow round a conventional central heating system, said a spokeswoman.

She said Amey, the company which operated the waste recovery park, also wished to explore the sale of electricity generated there to Flaxby for the development’s lighting and power.

Chris Musgrave, of Flaxby Park Ltd, said the milestone came after months of talks and as debate 'raged' over where a new settlement should be located under Harrogate Borough Council’s draft Local Plan.