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Medworth Energy from Waste Plant

MVV Environment Ltd is proposing an Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power (EfW CHP) project

About the project

We're aware that MVV Environment Ltd is proposing an Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power (EfW CHP) project in the Medworth ward of Wisbech. We're not directly involved with the decision making process. The proposal will be determined by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The project falls into the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) process defined through the Planning Act 2008 (as amended). It will be considered under Part 3 Section 14 of the legislation because the generating station is located in England and has a generating capacity of over 50 megawatts (see section 15(2) of the 2008 Act). The responsibility for accepting and examining the NSIP rests with the Secretary of State. We, as a local authority, act only as statutory consultees (or ‘host’ authorities) in the NSIP process.

What it will include

The Project will comprise: 

  • an energy from waste combined head and power facility (EfW CHP Facility) and supporting infrastructure capable of handling up to 625,600 tonnes of waste per annum and aiming to generate 53MWe of electricity (net) and 50MWth of usable steam (heat) energy
  • a CHP Connection comprising a pipeline and electrical cable suspended on a frame above ground
  • access improvements along New Bridge Lane to create a new access route into the EfW CHP Facility
  • a 132kV electrical grid connection comprising sections of underground cable and overhead line on wooden poles
  • drainage works and Sustainable Urban Drainage (SUDs) storage systems
  • measures for avoiding, minimising and/or mitigating adverse environmental effects likely to arise in connection with the construction and operation of the Project
  • other associated works, for example, temporary access roads, highway works, temporary works compounds, work sites and ancillary works
  • compulsory acquisition of land, including interests in land, rights over land and imposition of restrictions, powers to override, suspend or extinguish rights over land and powers for the temporary use of land

NSIP process

The whole NSIP process (from the formal submission of the application through to determination) should take approximately 16 months. This is broken down as follows:

  • 28 days for the Planning Inspectorate to accept the application
  • a flexible period for pre-examination of around three months*
  • a maximum of six months for the Examination
  • a further three months for a recommendation to be provided to the Secretary of State by the Planning Inspectorate
  • three months for the Secretary of State to make a decision.

* As the pre-examination stage doesn’t have a formal timescale each project will be different.

Our role

Our role as a local authority and statutory consultee will be to:

  • scrutinise the applicants assessment of the NSIP application
  • offer technical advice as part of the consultation process
  • ensure that adequate public consultation is carried out

We'll also be involved in producing Local Impact Reports (LIRs). These are technical documents setting out the evidence based assessments of the impacts of the proposal on the communities affected ready for the Examination Stage.

Proposal area

The proposal spans Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. So there are four ‘host’ authorities involved in the NSIP project:

We'll be working with the other ‘host’ planning authorities to ensure full scrutiny of this project is undertaken.

Where to direct comments

The consultation will run until 13 August 2021. Whilst we act as a 'host' authority in this project, we are not a determining authority. We are unable to accept any comments or correspondence about the project.

Please direct any correspondence to MVV in the first instance, and then the Planning Inspectorate.

For further details of the NSIP process for this project, please visit the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) website.

Details of MVV’s proposals, including any consultation events being held, are available on their website:

View MVV's proposals

If you would like to view the proposals in person, you can inspect the documents at the following locations:

  • Marshland Hall, 156-158 Smeeth Road, Wisbech PE14 8JB on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am -2pm, and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays
  • Walton Highway Village Club, Lynn Road, Walton Highway, Wisbech PE14 7DF on Fridays 4:30pm to 11pm, Saturdays 2pm to 11pm and Sundays 2pm to 8pm