Exhibitions give chance to find out more about replacement energy facility

1 Jun 2015
North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is currently holding its public exhibitions as part of the second phase of consultation on the North London Heat and Power Project
  • North London aims for 50 per cent of waste to be recycled by 2020
  • Replacement energy facility at the Edmonton EcoPark, Enfield, will use waste left over after recycling as a fuel to generate electricity and potentially heat for local homes and businesses
  • Public exhibitions start this week (3 June 2015) and consultation closes on 30 June 2015
  • North London Waste Authority will demolish the existing Energy from Waste plant after moving operations to the replacement in around 2025
  • Proposals include a Visitors’ Centre and a Reuse and Recycling Centre for the public and businesses.
North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will hold its first public exhibition this week as part of the second phase of consultation on the North London Heat and Power Project – including a £450-£500 million Energy Recovery Facility at the Edmonton EcoPark in the London Borough of Enfield. NLWA is inviting everyone to get involved and help shape the plans.

Consultation runs until 30 June 2015. People are being encouraged to go online to find out more on the project’s website - www.northlondonheatandpower.london - or attend public exhibitions. The website includes a feedback form, a summary of the project and all the detailed documents. It also has short videos that explain the project, how it could look and how it would work. 

Eight public exhibitions will be held near the Edmonton EcoPark where the project team will be on hand to answer questions. Visitors can find out about what the project could look like; why it is needed; where it will be located and how it will work.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA, said: “We want to prevent waste, we want you to recycle it and anything you can’t, we’re going to turn into fuel and use it to heat and power homes.

“We’ve provided lots of information on our website www.northlondonheatandpower.london but you may have a question or maybe a concern and just want to ask it face to face. These exhibitions give local people in particular a chance to do just that and I hope they come along.”

Exhibition dates

NLWA is holding public exhibitions where there will be an opportunity to discuss the proposals face to face with members of the project team at the following locations:

Enfield area:

Lee Valley Athletics Centre 61 Meridian Way, N9 0AR

  • Wednesday 3 June 2015, 12:00 – 18:00
  • Friday 12 June 2015, 17:00 – 21:00
Oasis Academy Hadley, South Street, Enfield EN3 4PX

  • Friday 5 June, 17:00 – 21:00
  • Saturday 13 June, 10:00 – 16:00
The Artzone, Edmonton Green Shopping Centre, 54 The Market Square, London N9 0TZ

  • Saturday 6 June 2015, 12:00 – 18:00
  • Tuesday 9 June 2015, 16:00 – 21:00
Waltham Forest area:

Parkside Primary School 82 Peel Close, Chingford, London E4 6XQ

  • Wednesday 10 June 2015, 16:00 – 20:00
Haringey area:

Neighbourhood Resource Centre 177 Park Lane, Northumberland Park, London N17 0HJ

Thursday 11 June 2015, 16:00 – 20:00


NLWA and the seven boroughs in the area have agreed a joint target for north London to aim for 50 per cent of its waste to be recycled by 2020. Using fuel – waste collected by the seven boroughs which cannot be recycled – the replacement facility would generate power for around 127,000 homes and could provide heat for local homes and businesses. Heat would be distributed locally through schemes such as Enfield Council’s planned Lee Valley Heat Network.

The existing facility employs around 180 people and a replacement would ensure there are manual and highly-skilled jobs on the site for many decades to come.

There will also be many construction jobs involved in building the new plant expected to start with preparation works in 2019 and last for three years as well as jobs involved in the demolition of the existing Energy from Waste plant in 2026/27.

The scheme ensures the EcoPark will continue to be a hub for energy and renewable heat expertise. It would provide significant investment in the local Edmonton area and provide opportunities for local business to supply services. 


The site is already earmarked by Enfield Council and the Mayor of London for ongoing waste management use, however due to the amount of electricity it will generate NLWA must submit an application for a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspectorate will examine the proposal and will hold a series of local hearings before making a recommendation to the Government, which will then make a decision on whether to grant the DCO.


Notes to editors 

For more information please contact Lois Prior, NLWA Communications Manager 020 8489 4360 / lois.prior@nlwa.gov.uk 

Image captions:

Indicative design of the proposed Energy Recovery Facility

Indicative view of EcoPark House from the River Lee Navigation

About NLWA

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) arranges the disposal of waste collected by the seven London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest.

Working with local councils, we encourage and promote the three messages of reduce, re-use and recycle through waste prevention work in the community.

About The North London Heat and Power Project

The North London Heat and Power Project is the North London Waste Authority’s proposal to manage how waste that isn’t separated for recycling in north London should be dealt with in the future.

We want to build an Energy Recovery Facility to replace the existing plant at the Edmonton EcoPark by 2025 so we can recover energy – heat and power – from waste.

At today’s prices, the replacement facility would cost £450-£500 million. However, the details of the final cost will determined after the consultation has completed and the final designs decided in around 2017-2020.

For more on Enfield Council’s Lee Valley Heat Network plans, see www.leevalleyheatnetwork.co.uk

The replacement facility would generate over 50 megawatts of electricity. This means in planning  terms it is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and it is the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who makes the decision, not the London Borough of Enfield, as to whether we should be granted consent to build the replacement facility. The consent we will be applying for is known as a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008.

To find out more:

To respond to the consultation between 18 May 2015 to 30 June 2015 comments should be made in writing by: