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Information for Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility, Newhurst Quarry, Shepshed (near Loughborough - access via Ashby Road East)

Status: Potential
Planning Region: East Midlands
Planning Sub-Region: Leicestershire
Operator: Biffa Waste Services Limited / Covanta / Uniper UK Ltd
Capacity: 350,000
Campaign Group(s): Shepshed Against Incinerator Group (SAIG) / Charnwood Against Incinerator (CHAIN) / Loughborough Air Quality Protection Group
Notes: It was reported in July 2020 that construction of the plant had begun [Source]. Biffa’s planning application for a 300,000 tonne incinerator (proposed 180,000 municipal, 120,000 East Midlands Commercial & Industrial (C&I)) was granted planning permission on appeal on the 28th of June 2012 [Source, Source]. Permission for increased capacity of 350ktpa approved in October 2014 (ref 2014/1440/02) [Source]. Design changes were approved in March 2015 but in February 2016 it was reported that the construction programme had still yet to be finalised [Source]. In June 2017 it was reported that Covanta had been brought on as a partner [Source]. Permit TP3036KB issued in August 2011. In July 2018 it was reported that Biffa applied for a variation to the Environmental Permit to match the 350,000tpa capacity for which it secured planning permission [Source]. A permit variation was applied for in July 2018 to reflect the changes to the proposal and this was approved in May 2019 [EPR/TP3036KB/V004]. In February 2020 it was reported that Biffa had reached financial close in conjunction with Covanta and Macquarie's Green Investment Group (GIG) [Source]. (Entry updated 2020-07-08)

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Waste management for England 2018: Non-operational (Environment Agency)

Uses data from Waste Data Interrogator 2018 - 2018 Waste Summary Tables for England - Version 2 released by the Environment Agency under the Open Government License

PermitOperator NameSite NameSite AddressFormer Planning RegionFormer Planning Sub-RegionEA AreaTypePermitted Capacity (tonnes)Comment
TP3036KBBiffa Waste Services LtdNewhurst Energy Recovery FacilityNewhurst Quarry,Shepshed,Loughborough,LOUGHBOROUGH,Leicestershire LE12 9BUEast MidlandsLeicestershireDerbyshire Nottinghamshire and LeicestershireMunicipal and/or Industrial & Commercial300,000Permitted August 2011. Pre-construction

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