What this document is
A description of the development consent order sought by North London Waste Authority, including the structure and content of the document and its key components.
The North London Heat and Power Project (the Project) is North London Waste Authority’s (NLWA) proposal to build an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) to replace the existing plant at the Edmonton EcoPark by around 2025. The existing plant is expected to reach the end of its operational life around 2025.
The ERF would have a processing capacity of over 50 megawatts of electricity. This means that it is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and it is the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Secretary of State) who makes the decision, not the London Borough of Enfield, as to whether we should be grated consent to build the replacement facility. The consent NLWA will be applying for is known as a Development Consent Order (DCO).
When NLWA submits its application for a DCO it is required, as part of the application documents, to include a draft DCO. The draft DCO must also be accompanied by a document called an ‘explanatory memorandum’ which provides further detail as to each of the elements of the draft DCO.
After considering the draft DCO and the views/points raised during the examination for the Project, the Secretary of State may amend the draft DCO before approving it. The DCO made by the Secretary of State is the primary document which will give powers to construct and operate the Project.
The draft DCO will include the following:
(1) a full description of each element of the Project;
(2) a full description of each element of any necessary "associated development". Associated development supports the effective construction/operation of the principal development i.e. the ERF (see the next page for examples);
(3) provisions giving NLWA the power to take actions necessary for the Project, these might include, for example, the authority to compulsorily acquire land, or to stop-up streets or extinguish private rights of way;
(4) other provisions which are necessary for the purposes of the Project for example, applying or amending existing legislation, or protecting the interests of persons potentially affected by compulsory land acquisition; and
(5) the "requirements" to which the Project is to be subject.
Requirements are similar to planning conditions attached to conventional planning permissions. Examples of a DCO requirement would be that NLWA is required to obtain approval from the London Borough of Enfield (as the relevant Local Planning Authority) on its detailed landscaping scheme prior to commencement of the Project or that the existing EfW facility must be decommissioned and demolished once the proposed ERF is up and running.
It is proposed that the DCO for the Project will, amongst other things, authorise:
The construction, operation and maintenance of an Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) generating electricity using residual waste as a fuel and capable of an electrical output of
around 70 MWe (gross). The ERF will comprise:
tipping hall and one way access and exit ramps;
a waste bunker with two overhead cranes and space to hold the equivalent of around seven days of processing capacity to provide sufficient space for mixing;
two process lines (with each line having a capacity of 350ktpa), consisting of a moving grate, furnace, boiler and a flue gas treatment plant, stack and facilities for the recovery of incinerator bottom ash for recycling;
- tipping hall and one way access and exit ramps;
- a waste bunker with two overhead cranes and space to hold the equivalent of around seven days of processing capacity to provide sufficient space for mixing;
- two process lines (with each line having a capacity of 350ktpa), consisting of a moving grate, furnace, boiler and a flue gas treatment plant, stack and facilities for the recovery of incinerator bottom ash for recycling;
- a steam turbine for electricity generation;
- heat off-take equipment within the ERF capable of supplying heat through a connection to a separate district heating energy centre;
- air or water cooled condenser(s); and
- plant control and monitoring systems and offices.
In addition, the DCO will permit the construction, operation and maintenance of associated development including:
- construction and operation of plant and structures to support the operation of the proposed ERF;
- installation of a green roof and a brown roof over parts of the proposed ERF;
- observation platform at roof level above the tipping hall;
- replacement waste water treatment facility;
- the decommissioning and demolition of the existing EfW facility and installation of temporary hard landscaping in this area;
- construction and operation of a Resource Recovery Facility;
- construction of EcoPark House accommodating a visitor and education centre with offices, and a base for the Edmonton Sea Cadets;
- construction of a boat canopy alongside the River Lee Navigation to service the requirements of the Edmonton Sea Cadets;
- utility works;
- construction of surface water pumps, pipework and water tanks for management of water flow;
- permanent hard and soft landscaping;
- site circulation and parking works;
- artificial lighting, site security and means of enclosure works;
- creation of a temporary Laydown Area:
- works to reinstate the current landscaping in the area used for the temporary Laydown Area; and
- site access and highways improvements.
- the permanent and/or temporary compulsory acquisition of land and/or rights for the Project;
- overriding of easements and other rights over or affecting land for the Project;
- permanent and temporary changes to the highway network for the Project;
- the application and/or disapplication of legislation relevant to the Project including inter alia legislation relating to the compulsory acquisition of land and landlord and tenant law.
For further information on the elements of the Project described above please refer to our