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New 1.6 Mega-watt engine at East London Biogas’ site

De Pol were appointed by East London Biogas Ltd to obtain planning permission for the installation of a new 1.6Mega-watt engine to increase electricity generating capacity by burning biogas at its Dagenham dock site in Essex, East London.

The £21 million organic waste facility is situated on a 4.7 acre site in the Mayor of London’s flagship 60 acre London Sustainable Industries Park; it was the first of its kind in London and was part funded by the Green Investment Bank and the European Regional Development Fund. The site has capacity to process 49,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of organic waste via a 30,000 tpa Anaerobic Digestion plant and a 19,000 tpa In-vessel composting plant to create environmentally friendly compost and generate power for distribution on the national grid.

De Pol led the engagement and pre-application advice with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council before preparing and submitting an application. By taking a holistic approach to the site’s operations and considering the history and approved uses of the site, De Pol were able to obtain a Certificate of Lawfulness for the installation which proved that permission was not in fact needed from the Council at all. The key to success relied on our staff’s detailed knowledge and understanding of relevant planning case law and the Permitted Development Order 2015 dealing with waste and energy developments.

The project was delivered and connected to the grid in enough time for the company to meet the deadline to be eligible for more profitable feed-in tariffs.

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