Incinerator faces rival waste treatment plan
RIVAL waste treatment plans could leave Gloucestershire's controversial £500million incinerator scheme up in smoke.
Gloucestershire man Tom Jarman has launched ambitious plans to build his own cheaper £20million biomass plant next door to the incinerator planned by Gloucestershire County Council and waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB).
UBB's own plan was rejected by councillors and a Government planning inspector will open an appeal on November 19.
But Mr Jarman, from Advanced Recycling Technologies Gloucestershire, has launched a surprise 11th-hour rival bid to deal with the county's waste.
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He said he could start building a plant in spring next year, open it by 2015 and charge half the price for dealing with waste.
"We know the business and our offer will be more attractive," he said. "The site is already designated for industrial use and has permission for the building we would need to house the plant."
It would be just 14 metres high compared to UBB's 48 metre high chimney stack. It would occupy 3.1 hectares of land next to Javelin Park, at Haresfield.
The firm is currently applying for change of use for the site and an environment permit.
The biomass plant would sort materials and the residual waste left would be converted into fuel that can then be sold.
Mr Jarman said that his plant could divert the county's landfill waste from 2015, and if UBB decide not to build their own incinerator, a deal could be struck for them to use his plant.
UBB refused to comment.
Campaigner group Glosvain, who oppose UBB's plans, have backed Mr Jarman's idea. Chairman Sue Oppenheimer said: "Tom's model looks very interesting. It is quite an attractive option."
Gloucestershire County Council signed a multimillion pound contract with UBB before planning permission was applied for. A spokesman for the council said: "There has been a really thorough process where we looked at all technologies suggested to us."