Scaled-down plans for new Cemex waste fuel plant at Malpass Farm


Work will start this summer on a controversial new facility to turn waste products into a fuel to be used in cement-making.

The £18 million development at Malpass Farm off Parkfield Road in Rugby will create 100 jobs during construction and 25 permanent jobs once the facility opens at the end of next year.

Planning permission has already been granted but waste management company Sita UK, which will build and run the plant under a contract with Cemex, wants to scale down the original plans.

Corrina Scott-Roy, Sita’s strategic planning manager, said: “Essentially the facility we want to build is the same as the one which already has planning permission, but because of advances in technology we’ll be processing the waste in a slightly different way and won’t need such big buildings.

“We want to reduce the height and size of the eastern process building and at the same time improve the site layout to make sure we can get lorries in and out more efficiently.

“We think the revised plan is an improvement, but as we have a commitment to be producing climafuel by 2015, we will go ahead and build under the old plans if necessary.”

Permission for the development was granted by the county council 2009, despite objections raised by Rugby Borough Council, citing “significant environmental impact.”

The planning application for the amendments to the site, which is next to the Rugby cement works, will go to the county Council in June. But before then, people in Rugby will have a chance to find out more about the changes at two drop-in sessions to be held at St Matthew’s and St Oswald’s Church Hall, Lawford Road, Rugby on May 30 and 31.

The Thursday session will run from 3pm until 8pm and on Friday it will be from 10am until 1pm. Representatives from Sita and Cemex will be on hand at both sessions.

Ian Southcott, from Cemex, said: ““At the moment we source Climafuel from a number of plants around the UK and to be able to secure supplies locally genuinely provides a local solution to a local problem of how best to utilise the waste that the community generates.”