Welwyn Hatfield biomass boiler planning application made

PUBLISHED: 08:30 01 January 2018

BP Mitchell based off Hertford Road.
Picture: Google Street View

BP Mitchell based off Hertford Road. Picture: Google Street View


Retrospective plans have been submitted for a biomass boiler facility in Welwyn Hatfield, which would run on waste wood.

An application has been made to Welwyn Hatfield Council on behalf of BP Mitchell Ltd for its Burnside site off Hertford Road in Essendon.

BP Mitchell has applied for permission to extend an existing build to house a biomass boiler with a maximum capacity of 500kw.

Planner Andrew McPheat, working on behalf of BP Mitchell, states: “The biomass boiler will involve the recycling of grade A waste wood and will facilitate a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 370 tonnes per year via displacement of oil/diesel which is currently used on-site for water heating, sludge drying and space heating of the workshops.

“Furthermore, the boiler will reduce the amount of waste wood going to landfill by approximately 135 tonnes per year.

“BP Mitchell currently export waste wood to a similar biomass facility elsewhere in the county, and so the provision of this facility on-site will enable them to reduce the number of lorry movements to/from site by up to 36 each year.

“The biomass boiler will ultimately enhance the efficiency of the business and promote sustainability.”

Mr McPheat added: “Given the size of the extension, the building will be subservient to the main barn and will be sufficiently

screened by this existing building.

“It will not be an incongruous addition to the site and will have no impact on the openness of the Green Belt.”

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