Friday, November 11, 2011

[biofuelwatch] Councillors reject plans for controversial biomass plant in Davyhulme



http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1464825_councillors-reject-plans-for-controversial-biomass-plant-in-davyhulme

Councillors reject plans for controversial biomass plant in Davyhulme
Helen Johnson

November 10, 2011

Councillors last night voted down plans for the biomass incinerator to be built in Davyhulme - going against the recommendation of their own council officers.

The plant, to be operated by Peel Energy, would have burned biomass materials like waste wood to generate electricity.

News of the rejection was warmly welcomed by anti-plant campaigners, who had raised concerns about pollutants being pumped into the air close to their homes.

They staged a peaceful protest ahead of last night's meeting of the planning committee, held at the George Carnell Leisure Centre to accommodate an unusually high public turnout.

Planning officers initially recommended the scheme be approved, saying that, while they had considered the impact on air quality and health, they believed the proposals complied with standards for such a type of development.

The Health Protection Agency also raised no objections.

But councillors came down on the side of the campaigners, and refused the plans.

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