Regional base for top recycling plant

Plans to build the UK’s biggest waste wood recycling plant in South Yorkshire have been unveiled by the Lancashire-based Plevin group.

Up to 20 jobs could be created by the development on land that used to be part of the Hepworth’s Hazlehead clay pipe plant at Crow Edge and was surplus to requirements.

Plevin says the new plant will primarily turn waste wood into chips for energy giant E.ON’s £120 million renewable energy power station at Blackburn Meadows near Sheffield.

It is being built after Plevin, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, was named exclusive fuel supplier for the biomass-fired facility.

Jamie Plevin, managing director of family owned Plevin said: “The Hazlehead facility will be a fantastic development for us, and with the E.ON contract we are making significant strides towards our growth targets.

“As well as helping us expand our operations by giving us further capacity for new contracts, Hazlehead will also help us to offer increased processing volumes to existing customers.

“The addition of the Hazlehead facility to our portfolio brings our total waste wood and recycled woodchip manufacturing capacity to 350,000 tonnes per year.”

The 50-acre brownfield site was sold on behalf of Hepworth’s owners, the Dutch-based Wavin Group, by Leeds-based property consultancy Dove Haigh Phillips.

Partner Mike Dove said: “This is a great deal from everyone’s perspective and we are grateful to the support of the regeneration team at Barnsley Council for their pro-active support in this employment-creating project.”