One of the UK’s oldest energy from waste plants is to be replaced after government business secretary Greg Clark granted a development consent order for the work to be done at Edmonton EcoPark.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) will go ahead and replace the existing facility which has been operating since 1971.
Greg Clark
The NLWA will consider the consent, which covers associated buildings, works and any conditions, close to the River Lea, north of Tottenham, at a meeting in April.

It will also need to develop a strategy for delivering the scheme in the forthcoming months.

Clyde Loakes, chair of the NLWA, said he was “delighted” at Clark’s decision: “This puts the authority in the best possible position to consider the scheme in the round and secures the best way of managing north London’s non-recyclable waste long term.”

Construction preparation work could start in 2019, with the existing plant decommissioned and demolished once the new facility is up and running by 2028.

The NLWA’s proposal is called the North London Heat and Power project, and aims to process residual waste from businesses and households in north London and turn it into heat and power.