A PUBLIC consultation starts soon for former industrial land in Royton where a £150 million energy recovery plant could be built.

The site Mossdown Road which has been identified as a suitable location for a state-of-the-art facility to safely transform non-recyclable waste into low carbon energy.

This will be developed by UK low carbon developer Synenergy. The public consultation began last Wednesday and will run until December 2.

The facility would form a cornerstone of the post-Covid-19 recovery plan for Oldham in support of ambitious government targets for resource recovery and recycling.

The local community can view and comment on the proposals, though as a result of the ongoing Covid outbreak, this will be through an online consultation with a dedicated project website hosting information about the proposed development.

A newsletter is being mailed to members of the community around the proposed development and a project website has been established to host information.

Synpower will be showcasing the proposed Energy Recovery Facility in a virtual public exhibition on Monday, November 16 from 2pm to 3.30pm. The public can visit www.mossdownroaderf.co.uk for more information and to register interest.

Darren Alderson, commercial director of the Synpower Group, developer of the Mossdown Road ERF added: “We look forward to welcoming the local community to learn more about the project through our community consultation.

"We have spent a number of months developing our proposals for the site having identified a real need in the Oldham area for greater waste treatment options.

"The proposed Mossdown Road Energy recovery facility will see a £150 million investment in the economy to benefit many businesses and will safely transform waste collected in the Oldham area into low carbon electricity.

"We are excited to share our emerging proposals with the local community and to hear their feedback before we finalise our proposals.”