Rugeley Power Station redevelopment – Submission of amendment to Outline Planning Application

An amendment to the Outline Planning Application for the mixed-use redevelopment of the Rugeley Power Station site has been submitted to the two local authorities Lichfield District Council (LDC) and Cannock Chase District Council (CCDC). The amendment allows for the inclusion of either an on-site ‘All-Through School’ or a Primary School (as previously detailed on the Outline Planning Application).

The Outline Planning Application received a resolution to grant by the two authorities in January 2020, subject to planning conditions and completion of a Section 106 Agreement (and Unilateral Undertaking). The amendments, which include a full Environmental Statement, will now undergo a consultation and assessment led by the LDC and CCDC planning teams.

A selection of the key documents which have been submitted to LDC and CCDC planning teams are available below. All documents associated with the amendment will be made available on the websites of both local authorities where members of the public will be able to comment on the proposals. All planning documentation is also available in electronic format on request from communicationsuk@engie.com

Links to local authority planning portals

Lichfield District Council  – https://planning.lichfielddc.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do?action=simple

Cannock Chase District Council – https://www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/residents/planning-building/development-control/10-view-planning-applications-and-make-comments

Key documents submitted to LDC and CCDC

Covering letter

Parameter Plan – Access

Parameter Plan – Building Heights

Parameter Plan – Green Infrastructure

Parameter Plan – Land Use

Parameter Plan – Residential Density

Illustrative Masterplan [compressed]

Rugeley Power Station fifth blowdown event

At approximately 10am on 13th February 2020, the fifth controlled collapse demolition event using explosives will take place at Rugeley Power Station.  The collapse will bring down the Bunker Bay (pictured outlined in red below).

The structure is predominantly steel and approximately 45m high. The Bunker Bay is not close to the perimeter fence and hence not easily visible from offsite.

To protect everyone on site and in the local area an exclusion zone will be in place before, during and immediately after the collapse. The exclusion zone is well within the power station boundary fence and there will be no public access to the area or impact on the local road network.

Demolition of this section of the power station is considered to be low impact.  Although the initiation and collapse may be heard off site, any noise will be over very quickly.

The other main structures, including the rest of the Boiler House, Chimney and Cooling Towers are scheduled for controlled collapse in 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.

For more information a frequently asked questions document is available here.

For enquiries please contact CommunicationsUK@engie.com

Rugeley Power Station Demolition Update

At approximately 10am on 28th November 2019, the fourth controlled collapse demolition event using explosives will take place at Rugeley Power Station. The collapse will bring down the Turbine Hall and Deaerator (DA) Bay (pictured outlined in red below).

The structures are predominantly steel with the Turbine Hall 30m and the DA Bay 73m high. Both structures are away from the main gate and barely visible from offsite.

To protect everyone on site and in the local area an exclusion zone will be in place before, during and immediately after the collapse. The exclusion zone is well within the power station boundary fence and there will be no public access to the area or impact on the local road network.

Demolition of this section of the power station is considered to be low impact.  Although the initiation and collapse may be heard off site, any noise will be over very quickly.

The other main structures, including the rest of the Boiler House, Chimney and Cooling Towers are scheduled for controlled collapse in 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.

For more information a frequently asked questions document is available here.

For enquiries please contact CommunicationsUK@engie.com

Post-Application Exhibition event for local community

A community event exhibiting the outline planning application for the Rugeley Power Station site is to be held at Mansefield House, 40 Market Street, Rugeley WS15 2JL on Thursday 4th July from 3pm to 7:30pm. This drop-in event follows the submission of an outline planning application by Rugeley Power Station owner ENGIE to both Lichfield District Council and Cannock Chase District Council. The event is being hosted by ENGIE and architect partner JTP.

The event is open to all members of the community and will provide an opportunity to find out more about the planning application, which was compiled following feedback from an extensive community consultation period between November 2018 and April 2019. More information on Rugeley Power Station site plans are available at jtp.co.uk/projects/rugeley

In November 2018, ENGIE announced that it will retain ownership and a long-term interest in the 139hectare brownfield Rugeley Power Station site. ENGIE plans to combine its unique combination of capabilities in energy, services and regeneration to lead the transformation of the former 1GW coal fired power station site into an entirely new sustainable and smart community.

Rugeley Power Station Demolition Update

At approximately 10am on 4th July 2019, the third controlled collapse demolition event using explosives will take place at Rugeley Power Station.  The collapse will bring down the coal sampling tower and associated conveyors and the Unit 6 Precipitators along with some ducting (pictured outlined in red below).  The structures are predominantly constructed of steel and are approximately 30m high and not easily visible off site.

To protect everyone on site and in the local area an exclusion zone will be in place before, during and immediately after the collapse. The exclusion zone is well within the power station boundary fence and there will be no public access to the area or impact on the local road network.

Demolition of this section of the power station is considered to be low impact.  Although the initiation and collapse may be heard off site, any noise will be over very quickly. The other main structures, including Boiler House, Chimney and Cooling Towers are scheduled for controlled collapse through the remainder of 2019 and 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.

For more information a frequently asked questions document is available here.

For enquiries please contact CommunicationsUK@engie.com

Rugeley Power Station redevelopment – outline planning application submitted

Rugeley Power Station site owner ENGIE has submitted an application outlining future plans to the site’s two local district councils Cannock Chase DC and Lichfield DC.

The outline planning application has been compiled following feedback from an extensive community consultation period between November 2018 and April 2019. The application will be listed on both local authorities’ planning portals.

Rugeley Power Station second blowdown event

At approximately 10am on 26th April 2019, the second controlled collapse demolition event using explosives will take place at Rugeley Power Station.  The collapse will bring down the Unit 7 Precipitators (pictured outlined in red below).  The structure is predominantly constructed of steel and is approximately 49m long, 16m wide and 31.5m high and not easily visible off site.

To protect everyone on site and in the local area an exclusion zone will be in place before, during and immediately after the collapse. The exclusion zone is well within the power station boundary fence and there will be no public access to the area or impact on the local road network.

Demolition of this section of the power station is considered to be low impact.  Although the initiation and collapse may be heard off site, any noise will be over very quickly.

The other main structures, including Boiler House, Chimney and Cooling Towers are scheduled for controlled collapse through the remainder of 2019 and 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.

For more information a frequently asked questions document is available here.

For enquiries please contact CommunicationsUK@engie.com

Rugeley Power Station team hosts four more community events

Community members near Rugeley Power Station have been invited to a series of events in March, ensuring that local people continue to have opportunities for involvement in shaping the regeneration of the power station.

The four events comprise three exhibitions at different locations, as well as a second ‘Renaissance Forum’. The events will be hosted by architects JTP on behalf of ENGIE.

Read the full story on the ENGIE UK website here.

The exhibitions will provide interested parties with an opportunity to hear about the latest proposals for the Rugeley site and will be held at:

  • Rugeley Rose Theatre, 1pm to 5pm on Wednesday 20th March
  • Brereton and Ravenhill Parish Hall, 12pm to 1.30pm and 4.30pm to 6pm on Friday 22nd March
  • Armitage & Handsacre Parish Hall, 10am to 1pm on Saturday 23rd March.

The second Renaissance Forum follows on from a very successful forum event in January. It will present the latest proposals for the power station regeneration and provide opportunities for questions and comment. The exhibition will also be on display at the Forum. It will be held at:

  • Rugeley Rose Theatre, 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 20th March.

Further details of the events can be found at www.jtp.co.uk/projects/rugeley

Staffordshire Police training operations at Rugeley Power Station to feature on BBC Crimewatch Roadshow

The BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow will be broadcast from Rugeley Power Station on Tuesday 12th March; where part of the 139-hectare site is currently being made available to Staffordshire Police for specialist dog unit and Tactical Support Team (TST) training. The show broadcasts from 9:15am on BBC1.

The large, secure facility has been brought into temporary use to carry out essential police training – before planning is finalised for the site’s long term redevelopment.

The show will feature live footage of police training on-site. In addition, pre-recorded footage will show police operations carried out elsewhere in the county.

The collaboration with Staffordshire Police follows the announcement that ENGIE will retain ownership and a long-term interest at the site – acting as master developer to transform the former coal-fired power station into a new, sustainable community.

Completion of first explosive demolition at Rugeley Power Station

Demolition contractor Brown and Mason has successfully completed the first  controlled collapse event using explosives at the Rugeley Power Station site. Brown and Mason are carrying out demolition works on behalf of Rugeley Power Station owner ENGIE.

The explosive demolition, which took place on Thursday 14th February, brought down the large ductwork system that served the former power station’s flue gas desulphurisation plant. Constructed mainly of steel, the ductwork structure was approximately 160m long, 7.7m wide and 32m high.

The blowdown event, which was scheduled to take place around 10am, was delayed for a short time by demolition experts to allow fog to clear on-site – and was completed at 11am. The collapsed structure is now being safely cleared by the Brown and Mason team.

Prior to the event an exclusion zone was put in place, well within the power station boundary, ensuring there was no public access, and no impact on the local road network.

The other main structures, including boiler house, chimney and cooling cowers are scheduled for controlled collapse through the remainder of 2020. The complete demolition of the site is expected in 2021.