Bradford residents up in arms due to waste facility plans

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Keighley waste to energy firm given the final go ahead for construction

Bradford residents have suffered another knock-back in their fight against the controversial new waste to energy plant to be built in Keighley after Bradford Council approves the final submitted proposals.

JO Steel Consulting, the agent operating on behalf of the waste to energy firm, confirmed that some proposal amendments had been approved by Bradford Council meaning that the firm has now received all the approval it needs to start building its energy recovery facility on the site in Marley, in Keighley.

Bradford residents angry at new waste facility

A view of Marley valley

However, the founder of Aire Valley Against Incineration, Jane Stone, said that the waste to energy firm must first receive a waste permit from the Environmental Agency before it can begin any waste operations. Jane Stone said Aire Valley Against Incineration will continue to fight against the proposal until no hope remains.

The energy recovery plant is to cost £135 million to build and will create 500 jobs in the area. The firm behind the plant has not yet announced when construction work will begin.

Residents from Keighley and the surrounding areas have accused Bradford Council of deceiving them when the proposals were first submitted in 2014. Mrs Stone said that when the waste firm submitted amendments in 2015, the opposition was overwhelming and the amended application was therefore rejected.

However, a group of council officers then approved the resubmitted amendments without taking the matter to a public debate. Mrs Stone and her fellow opposers said that Marley valley “will suffer from the decisions made by one planning officer”.

A spokesperson from Bradford Council denied that it had tried to exclude residents from any part of the application process and that residents had been informed every step of the way.

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