The 99.9MW North Blyth plant, which is the first biomass project of RES, is estimated to supply clean energy sufficient to 170,000 UK households per annum using sustainably sourced wood-based fuel.

RES project manager Chris Lawson said that the company is delighted to have secured the approval for the project, which is expected to be the significant part of renewable energy industry in South East Northumberland.

"It is also a welcome confirmation of the Government’s support for sustainable, low carbon energy projects which will make a significant contribution towards meeting the UK’s legally binding 2020 renewable energy targets," added Lawson.

Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said:"Sustainably sourced biomass has an important role to play as part of a balanced energy mix, enhancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"If constructed, this development will help bring jobs and growth to the local economy."

The biomass project is scheduled to commence construction in 2014 and is expected to continue for about two-and-half years.