Cambridgeshire County Council has approved a new development which will create the first job opportunities within the Alconbury Enterprise Zone, whilst at the same time helping to protect the environment.
Following consultation with Huntingdonshire District Council and Great Stukeley Parish Council, planning permission has been granted for conversion of two existing buildings on the former airfield to house a demonstration recovery plant which will divert laminated packaging, mainly sourced locally, away from landfill.
The company, Enval, will use the new plant as a demonstration site to show off an innovative heat process for recovering valuable materials from used laminated packaging. Enval intend to demonstrate the new technology to other potential users working in the recycling industry in the expectation that similar plants will be built in other parts of the UK and further afield.
GCCP Interim Chairman Mark Reeve, said: “This is an excellent example of the opportunity the Enterprise Campus offers for businesses looking to develop new products locally and take it to a business development stage. We strongly supported the planning application which provides the space to retain and grow locally generated ideas from the area’s world class centres of knowledge, and in turn deliver jobs and opportunities for the local area.”