We have submitted a further planning application to Norfolk County Council in respect of our Wretham Facility at Larkshall Mill, in Norfolk.
We are currently building an aggregate manufacturing and carbon capture facility at the site. This will turn up to 30,000 tonnes of waste per year (mainly Air Pollution Control residues) into a carbon neutral/negative aggregate using our patented Accelerated Carbonation Technology (ACT) . The ACT process uses Carbon Dioxide to treat the waste; this carbon dioxide is permanently captured. We received planning permission for this last year.
The installation works relating to that consent are progressing, with an anticipated operational start date of early Autumn 2023.
The new application is for a larger facility, which would process up to 100,000 tonnes of waste per year. We consulted on these proposals last year and are now in a position to seek planning permission for them. You may remember that, at the time of consultation, we expected to have to apply to the Secretary of State for Energy, Security and Net Zero for a Development Consent Order.
This has now changed due to new case law, and we are now able to submit our application to Norfolk County Council as the waste planning authority for the decision to be made locally.