MBA obtained permission for an £85m EfW gasification plant at Bombardier’s Belfast site. The project will involve the conversion of 120,000 tonnes per annum of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) into 23 MW of electricity and 16 MW of heat. This was a major Article 31 application that involved extensive pre-application consultation and the compilation of a detailed Environmental Statement. MBA’s skill and knowledge of the planning process led to permission being granted in just over one year from application submission. This project was identified by the RTPI as one of the 100 biggest planning permissions granted in the UK in 2014.
MBA secured permission for Linergy Ltd for NI’s first eco-park. This £18m project involved an extension to an existing by-products rendering plant including a 50,000 tonne per annum AD facility to process commercial wastes and a 20,000 tonne per annum thermal processing facility. The development delivers eco-credits equivalent to removing 16,000 cars off the road and powering over 8,000 homes with renewable electricity. MBA was involved in this project from its grass roots including initial design advice, pre-application presentations and the preparation of the Environmental Statement and was awarded by Action Renewables for its role in delivering this exemplary scheme.
MBA secured consent for NWP Recycling Ltd for this £6m project involving the treatment of 120,000 tpa of biodegradable municipal and commercial waste within the first in-vessel processing plant in NI. MBA is retained by NWP and has secured a series of robust planning consents which have enabled the company to gain tenders with the majority of Northern Ireland’s Councils to manage biodegradable fractions of waste across the region.
MBA secured consent for a 2.7 MW biomass fuelled power plant in Artigarvan which is designed to fuel an existing feed mill and provide electricity for surrounding residential developments and the local dairy. We co-ordinated the design team and compiled the Environmental Statement, ensuring planning permission was secured in a timescale that allowed our client to avail of grant funding.
MBA obtained permission for Irish Recycling Services for a £5m Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) for processing municipal solid waste into RDF. Key issues for this application were the need for an EIA, the scope of varying conditions and other environmental objections that over lapped with the waste permitting regime.