OVERVIEW

To enable the regeneration of a brownfield site in the heart of an industrial estate in the black country, BH EnergyGap propose to develop a Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Facility. Creating long term sustainable employment and inward investment.

Key Facts

  • Capacity to treat mixed commercial, industrial and municipal waste
  • Diversion from landfill of circa 90%
  • Recovery of materials for recycling
  • Export up to 25 Megawatts of electricity
  • Site staff of circa 50 permanent positions
  • Industrial construction project of around 3 years
  • A peak of circa 250 construction site staff, skills: administration, construction, instrumentation,
    mechanical, electrical and civil engineering
  • Potential for local heat and power users

There is a real need for 3R facilities and this new proposal provides the necessary infrastructure needed to support local businesses.

DEVELOPMENT

Site history

The site is situated in the heart of an industrial estate at Fryers Road, Walsall and has a long industrial history including coal mining, metal processing and landfill. The site has an existing planning approval to build a waste recovery and combined heat and power plant.

A better solution – the new proposal

The proposed Planning Application is for a Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Production facility (The 3Rs). This facility will take commercial and industrial waste or similar waste types and sort and segregate materials such as metals, plastics and rubble and recover their value using the latest sorting technology like magnets and eddy currents, near infrared cameras and air jets. The residual material will be used to produce energy using advanced thermal treatment. The resulting gas will be used to produce electricity and potentially heat for export from the site. These activities will provide a sustainable alternative to landfill disposal, the use of fossil fuels and of primary materials.

PLANNING

To enable the development of this site to achieve a more workable and viable facility, a new Planning Application has been submitted on 31 May 2013 to Walsall Council. See summary details and key documents below:

Key benefits compared to current planning permission

  • Construction jobs with a peak of circa 250
  • Improved architectural design of building
  • Inclusion of facilities to enable visitors and tours of the site
  • Opportunities for education and training
  • Increased screening and planting along the canal
  • Additional wildflower meadow landscaping
  • Additional environmental features such as electric vehicle charging points
  • Increased capital investment and therefore local regeneration opportunities
  • The potential for local heat and power users

Traffic

Vehicles related to the development will arrive from the south of Fryers Road. The waste reception operations will occur during the period 0730 – 1900 hours Monday to Friday and 0730 – 1300 hours on Saturdays. These movements are unlikely to occur during traditional peak periods. Furthermore, the vehicles are not necessarily new to the area, as some of the vehicles are already servicing local businesses.

Background traffic counts at the Leamore Lane/Fryers Road junction indicate that there are approximately 934 vehicular movements on some arms during the AM peak period and 969 movements during the PM peak period. The proposed development is unlikely to generate any HGV traffic during the AM and PM peak periods.

Architecture

The aim of the building design is to compliment the industrial estate and provide a more high-tech business park feel. One feature has been to enhance the canal walkway views and create wild meadow planting throughout to encourage greater biodiversity in the local area.

The approvals process

As part of the Planning Application, various specialist studies are undertaken by qualified experts to ensure the proposals are robust, appropriate and do not cause harm, or undue nuisance to neighbours be they business, residential or wildlife during construction and operation. These include: ecology, flood, existing site contamination, noise, dust, odour, traffic, air quality and health. To operate the facility as well as planning permission from the local planning authority, various approvals and permits will need to be obtained from the Environment Agency before the facility becomes operational.

Non Technical Summary               130530 EIA – NTS -FINAL SUBMITTED

Design & Access Statement          Design and Access Final – May 2013

Planning Statement                        130530 – Planning Statement FINAL SUBMITTED

General Questions & Answers     Q&A June 13 FINAL

PROJECT NEWS

1503, 2016

BH EnergyGap’s Walsall project fulfils its CfD Milestone Requirements early

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BH EnergyGap is pleased to confirm that its Walsall project has fulfilled its CfD contract Milestone Requirements. Low Carbon Contracts Company (‘LCCC’) last week announced that several projects have already fulfilled the Contracts for Difference [...]

1008, 2015

Intouch Newsletter, Issue 4

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A digital version can be downloaded and viewed here: Intouch-4-AUG15-FINAL Keeping you informed - This newsletter has been prepared to keep you informed of our proposals to develop a Resource Recovery & Renewable Energy Production [...]

303, 2015

Contract For Difference Awarded

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CONTRACT FOR DIFFERENCE AWARDED TO BH ENERGYGAP The first round of Contract for Difference (CFD) allocation by Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to various power generating projects has just been announced in the [...]

2308, 2013

Intouch Newsletter, Issue 3

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Keeping you informed  This newsletter has been prepared to keep you informed on the proposals to develop a currently disused site at Fryers Road, Walsall for a Resource Recovery & Renewable Energy Production Facility (the [...]

1806, 2013

New Walsall waste plant to bring 50 jobs

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Fifty new jobs will be created with the opening of a new waste and energy plant in Walsall, under plans unveiled today. http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2013/06/18/new-walsall-waste-plant-to-bring-50-jobs/

1004, 2013

BH EnergyGap invites the community to find out more

April 10th, 2013|Comments Off on BH EnergyGap invites the community to find out more

RECOVERING RESOURCES FOR WALSALL BH EnergyGap will shortly submit a planning application to develop a Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Production Facility (the 3Rs) at Fryers Road, Birchills Leamore, Walsall. As the cost of waste [...]

104, 2013

Next Public Exhibition for Walsall @ Friday 12th April 3-7pm

April 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Next Public Exhibition for Walsall @ Friday 12th April 3-7pm

An exhibition of the new proposals for the site will take place at: THE MIRUS ACADEMY (Previously Frank Harrison Engineering College) Willenhall Lane entrance on: Friday 12th April from 3pm - 7pm Representatives from BH [...]

104, 2013

Intouch Newsletter, Issue 2

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New development proposals Whilst this site already has planning permission for a waste recovery and combined heat & power plant, to enable the development of this site to be workable and viable, a new planning [...]

2702, 2013

Proposals exhibition to take place later in 2013

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A further exhibition on the proposals will take place later this year.

2210, 2012

BHEnergyGap invites the Walsall community to find out more

October 22nd, 2012|Comments Off on BHEnergyGap invites the Walsall community to find out more

BH EnergyGap, a partnership established to address the shortage of renewable energy in the UK, will be submitting a new planning application this winter to develop a Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Production Facility (the [...]

1710, 2012

Public Exhibition for Walsall

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BH EnergyGap will be submitting a new planning application this winter to develop a Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Production Facility (The 3Rs) at Fryers Road, Birchills Leamore, Walsall. The UK has landfill reduction targets [...]

110, 2012

Intouch Newsletter, Issue 1

October 1st, 2012|Comments Off on Intouch Newsletter, Issue 1

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