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How huge new Longridge Road energy plant is due to look near the M6

Posted on - 17th June, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Grimsargh, Preston News, Ribbleton
An overhead view of Longridge Road Energy Centre
An overhead view of Longridge Road Energy Centre

How a new £200million incinerator will look on the edge of Preston has been revealed.

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Longridge Road Energy Centre would be built on land off Junction 31A of the M6 at Red Scar.

Built by Miller Turner the energy recovery facility would have the ability to generate electricity from burning up to 395,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Low-carbon energy generated from the facility would be supplied via a private wire to commercial and industrial properties on Red Scar and the surrounding area, as well as producing enough power to supply the equivalent of 108,000 homes.

Miller Turner say the waste would be diverted from landfill to the incinerator.

Up to 500 jobs would be created by building the new power plant and once finished 40 permanent jobs would be created at the Longridge facility.

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A ground level view of the plans for Longridge Road
A ground level view of the plans for Longridge Road

The firm has moved to calm fears about the energy plant, which has seen a protest group set up against it – Residents Against Longridge Road Energy Centre has 291 members of a Facebook group.

During a six-week consultation Miller Turner said emissions from the plant would be within regulatory limits and monitored by the Environment Agency.

They say any odours would be eliminated by technology.

Concerns had been raised about traffic coming dwon Longridge Road, and they say any lorries not originating from Preston would be routed via the M6 avoiding residential areas.

The location of the planned energy facility Pic: Google
The location of the planned energy facility Pic: Google

Chief executive for Miller Turner, Gregory Ewing, said: “Our team has extensive experience of delivering sustainable energy projects like Longridge Road Energy Centre in the UK. It will use well-proven, modern, efficient technology which is currently in operation at numerous energy recovery facilities across the UK and Europe. The plant will operate under a strict licensing system administered by the Environment Agency.

“We have been careful to ensure our proposals address any questions raised in the consultation and we have updated the website continuously as our proposals have been developed. Furthermore, in support of our local community we are proposing a community fund of £65,000 a year to help support local initiatives and projects.

“LREC has the potential to significantly reduce landfill, carbon and methane emissions and create and protect hundreds of jobs. The location of the site offers significant opportunities for local businesses to benefit from the low cost, sustainable energy LREC will recover. We are pleased to be submitting our application and look forward to progressing this important project.”

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Plans for the energy plant have been submitted to Lancashire County Council.

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