AN APPLICATION for a new energy-from-waste process has been received by Stockton Borough Council.

Energy company SITA has proposed the new development which would use up to 200,000 tonnes of waste from landfill every year and turn it into 35 megawatts of combined heat and power.

The company already operates five separate processing lines at its Haverton Hill Road site which employs more than 100 people and generates 55mw of electricity every year from 600,000 tonnes of waste.

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The new, sixth, development would be located on former industrial land next to current buildings and close to a rail siding for which the company already has planning permission to develop a rail-link.

About 30 full-time jobs will be created if the council's planning committee approves the new site following a period of public consultation. Leaflets have already been delivered to nearby homes.

Annemarie Wilshaw, Planning Manager at SITA UK said: “SITA’s facilities on Teesside are already making a valuable contribution, but more needs to be done and plans for a sixth process line at SITA UK’s existing facilities on Teesside will allow us to increase capacity to meet future demand from homes and businesses.”

“We have undertaken extensive analysis into the impact of the new development and the results of an independent environmental assessment, submitted alongside the planning application, reveals that there would be no significant adverse impacts arising from the proposed development.”

The application will be available on Stockton council’s website where members of the public will be able to object.