Update: 08 June 2022

Our planning application Ref: DM/21/01500/WAS (submitted 27 April 2021) for the construction and operation of a high temperature thermal treatment facility for clinical and hazardous wastes at Land North of Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd, Millennium Way, Aycliffe Business Park DL5 6UG is the subject of an appeal to the Secretary of State (Appeal Ref: APP/X1355/W/22/3292099).

We wish to notify the public that further information in relation to the Environmental Statement submitted as part of our planning application has been provided to Durham County Council and the Planning Inspectorate. This information is available to download and view here. Hard copies can be purchased From Sol Environment Ltd at a cost of £300 by contacting E: enquiries@sol-environment.co.uk or T: 01684 572727.

Any person wishing to make representations about the further information should make them in writing, by 30 June 2022 to the Planning Inspectorate by email at TIM.SALTER@planninginspectorate.gov.uk quoting Appeal Ref: APP/X1355/W/22/3292099 or by post at the following address: The Planning Inspectorate, 3J Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

Welcome to our project

Fornax Environmental Solutions Limited has submitted a planning application to Durham County Council for a Specialist Waste Treatment Facility on land off Heighington Lane, within Merchant Park, to the south of Newton Aycliffe. You can view the application and submit a comment on the Durham County Council website here or by searching for application reference DM/21/01500/WAS.

The small-scale specialist high temperature treatment facility would provide a valuable service to the NHS, private hospitals, GP surgeries and other medical facilities in Country Durham and the wider North East. Most of our target waste is currently being transported hundreds of miles, creating a considerable carbon footprint, and being treated in ageing facilities with their own considerable carbon footprints.

The process used is safe and proven in similar facilities already operating within the UK. It would be monitored by the Environment Agency through an Environmental Permit and we will continually self-monitor through the in-built automated state-of-the-art technology.

The facility would aim to recover the available heat produced during the process to use within the facility. The project has also been designed with the ability to provide residual heat to neighbouring industrial users should it be practically and commercially possible to do so.

We expect the site would create around 27 full-time jobs when complete, and 75 jobs during construction. It will also create many opportunities for a wide range of local suppliers and supply chains.

You can find more details about the project on this website.

Please note: these proposals are not directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have been working on developing such a facility at the site since 2019, and this is a project designed for the long-term benefit of the NHS and other medical facilities in the region. If the facility received planning permission, we anticipate construction starting late 2021 and being fully operational in early 2023.

Contact us

Consultation on our proposals was open until Monday 29 March 2021, and has now closed.

If you have a question or need more information, you can get in touch with us at info@fornaxmerchantpark.co.uk.

You can find more details about us and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions on this website.