Veolia, a UK leader in environmental solutions, is bringing forward the plans in response to Lancashire’s household waste treatment needs. The Energy Recovery Facility would deliver substantial economic investment of approximately £200m, with up to 45 new full-time jobs and support the Heysham Gateway regeneration and Heysham Energy Coast initiatives.
The facility represents a sustainable approach to treat the County’s waste and will create enough electricity to power 60,000 homes a year as well as economic benefits for the local community. The plans will deliver tender opportunities for local businesses and suppliers and create up to 350 construction jobs as well as indirect employment during the build programme.
Veolia has extensive experience in delivering and operating such facilities and will provide training opportunities for young people through its apprenticeship scheme and those of its contractors. Currently, Lancashire’s waste is being sent to landfill or is treated outside of the County and the plant will provide a sustainable low carbon treatment solution.
Ahead of submitting a planning application, Veolia is launching a public consultation to understand the views of local residents regarding the proposals. The consultation, which will run for a four-week period beginning Thursday 8th November, will provide local people with a chance to provide their comments on a number of topics, including the design of the building. A two-day public exhibition will take place on Thursday, 15th November, between 4pm and 8pm and Saturday, 17th November between 10am and 2pm at Heysham Golf Club.
The forthcoming public consultation provides an opportunity for local people to share their opinions about the proposals and will form the first phase of our engagement with the people of Heysham as our plans progress.
All residents living close to the site will be issued with a leaflet advising of the plans and ways to get involved in the coming days. Anyone with questions regarding the proposals can contact a member of the project team via the dedicated Community Information Line, which is available on 0844 556 3002 (Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:30pm).