Rival plan could leave £500million Gloucestershire incinerator up in smoke
RIVAL waste treatment plans have been submitted at the 11th hour to compete against the controversial £500million incinerator scheme at Javelin Park.
Gloucester man Tom Jarman has launched an ambitious bid to build a cheaper £20million biomass plant nextdoor to the incinerator planned by Gloucestershire County Council and waste firm Urbaser Balfour Beatty (UBB).
UBB's own plan was rejected by councillors earlier this year and a Government planning inspector will open an appeal on November 19.
But Mr Jarman, from Advanced Recycling Technologies Gloucestershire, has launched a surprise rival bid to deal with the county's waste.
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He said he could start building a plant next spring, 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."
It would be just 14m high compared with UBB's 48m chimney stack. It would occupy 3.1 hectares of land next to Javelin Park, at Haresfield. He would not be drawn on who owns the land but said it belonged to a private owner.
His firm is currently applying for a change of use for the site from Stroud District Council and an environmental permit. That same council was strongly opposed to UBB's plans.
The biomass plant would sort materials and the residual waste would be converted into fuel that can then be sold. No burning takes place.
Mr Jarman said his plant could divert the county's landfill waste from 2015 and, if UBB decided not to build their own incinerator, a deal could be struck for them to use his rival facility. He said he would still build his plant even if they did win their appeal.
UBB refused to comment.
Campaign group Glosvain, which has vehemently opposed UBB's plans, has backed Mr Jarman's idea.
Chairman Sue Oppenheimer said: "Tom's model is quite an attractive option.
"We are preparing to fight the upcoming appeal. I think commercially what looked like a good deal two years ago is now an expensive farce."
The county council signed a multi-million pound contract with UBB before planning permission was applied for, but councillors unanimously rejected the idea.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said: "There has been a really thorough process where we looked at all technologies suggested to us, fairly and impartially.
"Every decision has been open and transparent and this project would save council tax payers £190million overall."