AS plans for one super-sized waste unit in the Dearne Valley are moving towards fruition, a second could be developed at a site close by.
Peel Environmental has earmarked the former Houghton Main Colliery site, owned by UK Coal, as one of 11 possibles to host plants that could treat waste by anaerobic digestion or gasification.
Houghton Main is the only South Yorkshire site to be considered within the plans, that will be discussed at a general meeting between Peel and UK Coal in July.
Planning permission from the local authority, that would include details of infrastructure with traffic impact assessments, would be needed before plans could progress any further, and would include a consultation period for the public to make comment.
A spokeswoman for Peel said: “We are carrying out feasibility studies and are still at the very early stages with these proposals. At this point we cannot say what kind of waste would be treated, or where it would be available from. We will keep people informed”.