A controversial waste plant which burns waste and turns it into energy is to be built in north Warwickshire after it was approved by the Government.

Merevale and Blythe Estates plan to build the sustainable resource recovery park in Baxterley, near Atherstone.

Warwickshire County Council said there were objections to the scheme, which led to the proposals being scrutinised at a public inquiry last year.

The local authority said the application has been approved which means work can get underway on the development.

It will allow the construction of renewable energy generation facilities consisting of a biomass plant and an anaerobic digestion plant.

The plant will be able to process 80,000 tonnes of organic waste to produce enough renewable electricity to power 4,500 homes. That is the equivalent to a town the size of Atherstone.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government John Denham said the development was in accordance to the development plan for the area and is consistent with national policy with regard to climate change and energy policy.