The Gale Common Extraction Project

EP UK Investments Ltd (‘EPUKI’) is proposing to prepare and submit a planning application to North Yorkshire County Council for the extraction of ash from the Gale Common Ash Disposal Site.  The ash is commonly known as Pulverised fuel Ash or ‘PFA’.

PFA is used as a recycled aggregate, which is a sustainable solution in the building products industry and is supported by local and national planning policy.

The Gale Common Site is located approximately 3 miles to the south-west of Eggborough Power Station, approximately 700 metres to the east of the village of Cridling Stubbs and immediately south of the M62 Motorway.

Who is EPUKI?

EPUKI owns and operates a number of power stations in the UK, including the now closed 2,000-megawatt (‘MW’) coal-fired power station at Eggborough (where planning was recently granted for a new 2,500 MW gas-fired power station) as well as the Langage and South Humber Bank power stations (acquired from Centrica in 2017) and Lynemouth power station, which EPUKI has converted to biomass.

In addition to owning and operating the Gale Common Ash Disposal Site, EPUKI owns and operates several power stations in the UK.  These include Langage Power Station, a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant near Plymouth in Devon; Lynemouth Power Station, a biomass fuelled power plant in Northumberland; and power generation assets in Northern Ireland.  EPUKI also owns sites with consent for new CCGT power stations at Eggborough (part of the former coal-fired power station site) in North Yorkshire and at King’s Lynn in Norfolk.

Application Submission

Pre-Application Consultation was closed on 2 May 2019. The Planning Application was formally validated by North Yorkshire County Council on 24 June 2019 and we expect a decision during Q1 2020.

A copy of the application documents can be found here. Comments can be made through the North Yorkshire County Council website.

A video of the Flythrough used at Stage 2 Consultation Events can be found below.

How to comment

Should you have any comments or questions about the project, please contact us using the details below:

Gale Common Extraction Project
c/o DWD
6 New Bridge Street


Please note our consultation closed on 2 May 2019.