Belfast AD plant proposal rejected

An application for a food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been rejected.

The plan for a £40 million (€46 million) centralised AD plant in Belfast Harbour faced opposition from Giants Park, a group hoping to transform 250 acres of the 340-acre development site into a mixed-use leisure, commercial and sports area.

At a special meeting of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee on 25 August, elected representatives voted to reject the recycling plant application, despite the council officers’ recommendation for approval.

According to a report by Belfast Live, the proposal received two formal objections from Giants Park and the Belfast Harbour Group, which said the plant will ‘hurt investment’ at the leisure site due to noise, odour, and visual amenity issues, and that it would negatively impact the new Belfast Harbour Film Studios nearby.

The site is on land north-west of an existing Belfast City Council waste transfer station, opposite the film studios. The failed proposal by Energia Group would have created 350 construction jobs and 22 permanent jobs for operation.

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