City of York Council has granted planning permission for Peel Environmental to build an anaerobic digestion facility on the site of a former mine.
Councillors on the city’s planning committee voted nine votes to six to approve the plant which will treat 60,000 tonnes of organic waste per year.
A horticultural glasshouse will be built alongside it by Plant Raisers for tomato plants that will use some of the heat from the AD plant.
The £23.5 million facility will be sited on the former North Selby Mine site and will provide 1.5MW of heat and 2.75MW of electricity.
Peel Environmental development manager Richard Barker said: “We are pleased that City of York Council has approved our application for the North Selby Anaerobic Digestion and Horticultural Glasshouse facility.
“There are significant benefits that our plans will bring to the local area and we are keen to see these delivered.
“The facility will provide an economic boost to the area, providing up to 256 jobs during construction and 56 full time positions and 50 seasonal positions during operation, with the impact of these in the region of £2.2 million gross value added per year.”