OVERVIEW

BH EnergyGap propose to develop a Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Facility at Fryers Road, Walsall. This is called the 3Rs Facility. The proposal will result in the regeneration of a long vacant, brownfield site and create long term sustainable employment and inward investment. BH EnergyGap already has planning permission for the scheme, but is now bringing forward a new, improved proposal that necessitates the submission of a new planning application for the facility.

Key Facts

  • Capacity to treat mixed commercial, industrial and municipal waste
  • Diversion of the treated waste from landfill
  • Generation of energy from the waste
  • Export up to circa 44 Megawatts of electricity – a significant proportion of which is renewable
  • Sufficient power to meet the needs of approximately 90,000 homes
  • Site staff of circa 50 permanent positions
  • A construction period of around 3 years
  • A peak of circa 450 construction site staff, with opportunities for local suppliers and contractors
  • Potential for energy supply to local heat and power users

There is a real need for the 3R facility to:

  • Deliver more sustainable waste management within Walsall and the Black Country
  • Provide robust energy generation infrastructure
  • Contribute towards the UK’s climate change objectives
  • Deliver significant long-term inward investment and create new jobs
  • Regenerate a large, vacant brownfield site

DEVELOPMENT

Site history

The site is located in the heart of a major industrial estate off Fryers Road, Walsall and has a long industrial history including coal mining, metal processing and landfill. The site already has an existing planning approval to build a waste recovery and combined heat and power plant facility similar to that now proposed.

A better solution – the new proposal

A planning application has been submitted for an amended design of the Resource Recovery and Renewable Energy Production facility (The 3Rs facility). The proposal will take residual commercial and industrial waste or similar waste types and recover energy from it using modern thermal treatment. The resulting energy 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

A new planning application has been submitted to Walsall Council to enable the development of this site to achieve a more workable and viable facility,. See summary details and key documents below:

Key benefits:

  • Improved architectural design of the building
  • More construction phase employment and higher quality permanent jobs
  • Opportunities for education and training
  • Increased energy, including renewable energy, generation
  • Additional environmental features such as electric vehicle charging points
  • Increased capital investment within the area

Traffic

Vehicles related to the development will arrive from the south from Leamore Lane and along Fryers Road. The waste reception operations will occur during the period 07.30 – 19.00 hours Monday to Friday and 07.30 – 13.00 hours on Saturdays. These are the same periods as currently permitted within the existing planning permission. Vehicle movements are unlikely to occur during traditional peak periods, and not all of the vehicles will necessarily be new to the area anyway, as some will already be servicing local businesses. The overall number of vehicles serving the site will be no greater than that associated with the scheme that already has planning permission on the site.

Architecture

The new proposal benefits from a significantly enhanced architectural solution. It has been designed as a clean, modern building which will fit well within the setting of the industrial estate and set a benchmark for all future developments in the area.

The approvals process

The revised proposal for the 3Rs facility is the subject of a full planning application to Walsall Council. The application includes several documents one of which will be an Environmental Statement, which will include the following assessments:

  • Landscape and Visual Impact
  • Noise Effects
  • Air Quality
  • Human Health Risk
  • Ecology and Nature Conservation
  • Ground Conditions and Contaminated Land
  • Surface Waters and Flood Risk
  • Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
  • Socio-Economics

 

Once the new planning application has been accepted by Walsall Council, there will be a statutory public consultation period where interested parties and individuals can make comments on the scheme to the Council. The Council, in determining the application, is required to give due regard to all submissions received.

To operate the facility, as well as requiring planning permission from the Council, various other approvals and permits will need to be obtained. The most significant of these is an Environmental Permit issued and regulated by the Environment Agency. The purpose of the Environmental Permit is to ensure that the development does not give rise to risks to health or the environment.

Non Technical Summary               Non Technical Summary 2019

Planning Statement                        Planning Statement 2019

General Questions & Answers     Q&A Aug 2019

Main Report                                    Main Report 2019

PROJECT NEWS

1503, 2016

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

March 15th, 2016|Comments Off on BH EnergyGap’s Walsall project fulfils its CfD Milestone Requirements early

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

August 10th, 2015|Comments Off on Intouch Newsletter, Issue 4

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

March 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Contract For Difference Awarded

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

August 23rd, 2013|Comments Off on Intouch Newsletter, Issue 3

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

June 18th, 2013|Comments Off on New Walsall waste plant to bring 50 jobs

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

April 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Intouch Newsletter, Issue 2

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

February 27th, 2013|Comments Off on Proposals exhibition to take place later in 2013

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

October 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Public Exhibition for Walsall

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

This newsletter has been prepared to keep you informed on our proposals to develop a currently disused site at Fryers Road, Walsall for a Resource Recovery & Renewables facility (the 3Rs). Site history The site [...]