Working on behalf of Landcare Ltd (LML), part of NPL Estates, HOW Planning has secured planning approval for a sustainable biomass plantation in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.
Stockport MBC resolved to grant planning permission for the scheme, giving the go-ahead for the transformation of a redundant brownfield site which was previously operated by Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority for the disposal of household, industrial and commercial waste.
The landfill operation ceased in 1987 and Landcare (Manchester) will bring the site into productive use and enhance the public amenity value.
The site at Adswood is the first of 18 former landfill sites in Greater Manchester that LML has taken responsibility for, with the aim of ensuring their long term environmental management through extensive redevelopment.
Plans include the full redevelopment of the 18.85 ha site to create a more beneficial end use incorporating a sustainable biomass plantation as well as recreational amenity space, including a proposed network of footpaths allowing recreational access by members of the public.
- Landacre will import suitable materials to landscape the site and in order create a new a biomass plantation to produce energy crops (Short Rotational Bio-Coppice (SRC)) with the intention that these are used locally to provide a sustainable source of energy.
- The SRC grows up to 4m in height in the first season and is then cut back to encourage growth during the next season. The SRC is harvested as chips, rods or billets depending on the end use requirements and is harvested every 3 - 4 years.
- The plantation can remain viable for up to 30 years before re-planting becomes necessary