Leeds incinerator work due to start in August

Designs for Cross Green waste treatment plant The Cross Green plant could produce enough electricity to power 20,000 homes in Leeds

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A date has been set for work to start on an incinerator in Leeds after legal agreements were reached between the council and developers.

Planning approval was given for the facility in Cross Green in February despite more than 300 objections from campaign groups and the public.

Leeds City Council said the final stages of the planning process had now been approved with developers Veolia.

The council said it was a long-term solution to waste going to landfill.

Veolia said about 300 temporary jobs would be created during the construction of the plant, which will begin in August.

Once operational it will provide 45 permanent jobs, the firm said.

Up to 214,000 tonnes of Leeds' household waste will go through the waste treatment plant every year.

The council said the process would generate enough electricity to power up to 20,000 homes.

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