Crowland Street Anaerobic Digestion Centre, Shankley Biogas, P Planning
Day Architectural designed the proposed facility for Shankley Biogas. Credit: via planning documents

Waste-to-energy plant planned for Southport

Julia Hatmaker

Shankley Biogas has submitted an application to convert more than three acres into an anaerobic digestion facility capable of processing 80 kilo tons of organic waste per year.

Designed by Day Architectural, the nearly 45,000 sq ft facility would include the required digestion tanks as well as an administration and control room building, car parking and transformer and switchroom buildings.

It is part of wider plans Shankley Biogas has for the area, with the facility taking up just one plot on a larger 8.8-acre site. Plans for the two other plots have not yet been unveiled, although they have been earmarked for future development.

The anaerobic digestion facility would set up at 55 Crowland Street in Southport. The site is currently functioning as an industrial waste transfer station for Southport Skip Hire. Existing buildings on the site would be demolished to make way for the waste-to-energy plant.

As bacteria break down the waste in the facility, biogas will be created, which will, in turn, create both heat and electricity for the facility itself as well as feed into the local network.

Plans also include a 6,370 sq ft office and 22,000 sq ft distribution and storage unit. Shankley Biogas also proposes to have 18 car spaces to go along with the site, as well as two disability spaces and eight spaces for cycles.

Wardell Armstrong is the planning consultant for the project.

Looking to learn more? The application’s reference number with Sefton Council is DC/2021/02723.

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