|Initial proposals for the building of a biomass plant in the North East of England have been formally accepted by planning bosses.
The Planning Inspectorate has now taken delivery of an application for the renewable energy power station development at Battleship Wharf in Blyth with new consultations set to get underway.
If accepted, the plant would burn woodchip from sustainable sources such as managed forests and timber manufacturing by-products with the plant having the capacity to generate as much as 750 gigawatt hours of electricity a year.
The project's manager, Chris Lawson, said: "There is still some way to go before our plans can become a reality, but we have been greatly encouraged by the support we have received so far from local people and organisations."
He added that local people "can see the opportunities that the proposed development represents".
As many as 150 people could be employed during the plant's two-year construction, with this number potentially rising to 300 at peak times.
KMS Baltics is a partnership of independent companies providing forestry investment management in Estonia, Latvia, the UK and Romania.