12:17 26 April 2022
Low-carbon energy will be delivered to thousands of Barking homes when a new center is built in the town.
Plans for a new energy center on ‘green’ land off the A124 in Barking were approved on Monday evening (April 25).
The plans, submitted by B&D Energy, owned by Barking and Dagenham Council, include two adjoining buildings and two external heat storage tanks approximately 15.5 meters high.
One building would contain three gas boilers and the other would house two combined heat and power plants.
A council report said the scheme aims to “provide heat at a fair price to residential customers”.
The center is expected to supply low-carbon energy to more than 10,000 new homes in Barking town center from 2023, he added, with development work starting later this year.
A reception center is also planned on the site, which can accommodate up to 20 people.
The report says this “will be used to inform and educate visitors about low-carbon technologies, sustainability and the work B&D Energy and LBBD are doing to work towards a zero-carbon future.”
A small number of objections were raised by residents, including concerns that the project would not produce renewable energy.
Council officers, who recommended approval of the plans, wrote: ‘While it is recognized that the proposed development is still a carbon producing energy source and would therefore not realize the full scope of energy decarbonized, it is a low carbon local energy source, it would be an improvement on the current rate of carbon emissions.
Committee chairman Muhammad Saleem called it “a step in the right direction towards decarbonization”.
The members of the council’s planning committee unanimously approved the proposal.
The Section 106 conditions also committed B&D Energy to conduct studies exploring how the district heating network and site could incorporate decarbonization.