down an application to extend the existing 55 MW energy-from-waste
power station at Edmonton, North London.
waste strategy policy as set out in 'Waste Strategy 2000'.
In a written answer to a parliamentary question, Mr Wilson said:
'I have today decided that consent under section 36 of the
Electricity Act 1989 to London Waste Ltd's application cannot be
given. The extension would have an annual throughput of waste of
around 285,000 tonnes over and above the existing station's capacity
of 550,000 tonnes per annum.
'In deciding not to grant consent I have taken into account the
hierarchy for the treatment of waste set out in the government's
Waste Strategy 2000. Our policy is that waste should be minimised and
recycling and composting undertaken before energy from waste is
considered. I have considered all the information placed before me,
both for and against the extension, and have concluded that the
existing station is large enough to deal with the North London Waste
Authority's(NLWA) residual waste after recycling. To grant consent
for the extension would result in a station with an overall capacity
capable of handling all of NLWA's municipal waste and could mean that
the NLWA had little incentive to do more recycling over and above the
minimum required by statute. Also should the NLWA meet or better its
recycling targets then this would lead to a shortfall in the waste
stream for the extended station and could lead to waste being
imported from other areas which would be contrary to the Proximity
Principal whereby waste should be treated as near to its origin as
'I have also considered the measures the applicant has undertaken to
incorporate at the Edmonton site to encourage recycling, composting
and using heat for local district heating schemes. While these
measures are to be welcomed I am aware that previous ones of a
similar type on the site have been closed or not utilised. I am of
the opinion that at the present time they are not sufficient to
justify granting consent to the extension. Indeed should such
measures prove successful then there would appear to me to be less
justification for the need for the extension.
'In refusing consent I should make it clear that the government is
not against energy-from-waste stations where they are clearly
required and properly sized. The requirement of our policy is that
statutory recycling targets must be met and that no incineration
proposal shall be permitted which will pre-empt recycling or reduce
the option for recycling for the future.'
1. The consent to build, extend and operate power stations is
required under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. Planning
permission has been deemed to be granted under Section 90(2) of the
Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
2. Waste Strategy 2000: England and Wales May 2000, ISBN 0 10 146932
2 (PartOne) and ISBN 0 10 146933 0 (Part Two). Available from the
Stationary Office, tel. 0845 7023474.
3. Public copies of the Section 36 consent are available from Walter Gusmag, Energy Policy and Consents, tel. 020-7215 2727.