We are developing the Energy Recovery Facility on behalf of Staffordshire County Council and their partners. We have worked hard to ensure our solution complements the Council’s objectives and approved scheme intentions.
Our plans reflect the fact that:
- Improvements will be made to the local road network. These improvements include traffic signals at the junction where Vicarage Road meets the A5.
- Every effort would be made to ensure vehicles delivering waste to the facility do not travel through the village of Calf Heath.
- We would introduce sensitive monitoring equipment to ensure the facility meets the highest technical and environmental standards when operating.
- We would work with experts from the County Council and other organisations to maintain the local environment.
We recognise that whilst planning permission has already been granted for an Energy from Waste facility at the site, local residents, businesses and stakeholders will continue to be interested in many aspects of the new proposals for the recovery of energy from waste at Four Ashes.
We have looked carefully at the plans previously approved by the County Council and propose some key changes, including improvements to the overall appearance and operational aspects of the facility.
You can see from the image, when compared to the County Council’s approved plans that the:
- Overall footprint and size of our facility is now smaller.
- Overall height of our building would be 2 metres lower.
- Roof has been redesigned to make it less prominent.
- Emissions stack would be repositioned and reduced in diameter.
Our facility is designed so that all waste handling and processing is enclosed within the building, and high levels of sustainability and plant efficiency are attained. Exterior lighting will be designed to minimise light pollution, whilst maintaining site security.
The building would also continue to benefit from having a ‘living roof’ which means roof sections are planted with species to help the building blend into the surrounding area and to increase biodiversity. The scheme will also benefit from extensive landscaping, sustainable drainage and habitat creation.
To download a copy of the Non Technical Summary of the Environmental Permit Application click on the link below.
For more information about our proposals, please look at Frequently Asked Questions.