Plans for a new power plant in Powys that would provide energy for 2,300 homes have been submitted to the council.

Powys Environmental Ltd has applied for permission to build the plant at the site of the Y Ffaldau Waste Recycling Centre in Llandegley near Llandrindod Wells – which would see 21,000 tons of rubbish a year being disposed to create energy.

In their submitted plans it has been revealed that they intend to install a combined heat and power plant system which would aid the processing of recyclable materials from Powys Country Council."


This would be fuelled by burning rubbish and the developers argue that this will “provide a green and renewable energy source, actively encouraged through government directives.”

The dual purpose of the plant would mean that as well as a 4MW thermal output, there would also be a 2.5MW electrical output, for the business itself as well as supporting the national grid and local community with excess power.

Powys Environmental has argued that the emissions from the plant could be counterbalanced by a net zero carbon offset scheme and ensuring the facility adheres to Wales’ ‘One Planet Living’ strategy.”

They also argue that there would be minimal odour or disruption to the local area as rubbish would be "constantly fed" into the system at 2.6 tonnes per hour.

They added: “Therefore, maximum residence time prior to burn is approximately one day, which will ensure no in-situ odour is generated.”

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The developers added that they expected the number of vehicles visiting the site to double, increasing from five up to 10 vehicle movements on site per day, each vehicle transporting 25 tonnes of recycled materials ready for sorting – equating to 21,000 tonnes annually.

They have also argued that the plans would have little effect on the local landscape as the existing industrial unit is fully enclosed by trees with a small pocket of woodland and agricultural fields set to pasture.

They added: "It is felt that the addition of the build shielded by a small area of woodland will have little impact in the vicinity.”