A power plant that will generate energy from waste has been given Government approval following a 12-month inquiry, the Guardian has reported. The 60MW plant in Cheshire has been backed by Tata Chemicals and E.ON will cost £250m to construct. Following concerns around its possible impact on the local area, a Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) statement confirmed that consent had been for the plant to go ahead. The plant, which will be built on the site of a disused coal-fired power station, will generate enough power to supply 80,000 homes as well as create jobs for the local community. It will process around 600,000 tonnes of wasted-derived fuel (waste that contains no recyclable materials and that would otherwise be sent to landfill) per year. Tata said that construction of the plant is likely to start in 2013, while it will be operational closer to 2017.