Residents set to fight Biomass timber plans

Residents cram into Rodbourne Cheney Club to hear of plans for a new Cheney Manor wood burner. Picture: Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com

Residents cram into Rodbourne Cheney Club to hear of plans for a new Cheney Manor wood burner. Picture: Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com

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CALLS to create an action group have been made to help residents fight developers head-on over plans for a proposed biomass plant in North Swindon.

Pure Green, the company behind the new plant, has not announced what it intends to do next with its application to build at a site in Cheney Manor.

Two weeks ago Swindon Council’s planning committee deferred its decision on whether the low-carbon energy and animal bedding company should be allowed to build a new biomass plant, which would include a 30-metre chimney, at the Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.

Councillor Des Moffatt hopes to unite a cross-section of the community to work as one steering group to ensure if the developers do come back with either a reduced application or if they take the matter to the planning inspectorate, then the residents will be ready.

“We cannot just sit around and wait for them to do something otherwise we will discover ourselves in the same situation where we were in again – short for time,” said Coun Moffatt, who represents Rodbourne Cheney ward.

He said because the application has been with the council for an extended period the developer could divert it to the planning inspectorate as a non-determination.

“We need to have all our ducks in a row to make sure this application is heard in public. We will have to demonstrate enough public interest,” said Coun Moffatt.

He would like anyone in the community with knowledge of planning laws or who is a former environmental officer to come forward to join the steering group. It is hoped there will be cross-party support for the group with councillors from neighbouring wards, Conservative and Labour alike, joining forces to fight the proposal.

“We need to have our plans in place and the credible people to make their case,” said Coun Moffatt.

Under the plans, Pure Green, which is an off-shoot of a company called Hippofan, has applied to demolish the existing warehouse at the former SquareD factory and build an animal bedding and wood pellet processing plant and a biomass.

It plans to produce 50,000 tonnes of animal bedding and wood pellets annually derived from virgin timber stocks.

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12:12pm Tue 3 Sep 13

dc the 2nd says...

Industry tries to move into Industrial estate - FOR SHAME - Cameron's Britain.
Industry tries to move into Industrial estate - FOR SHAME - Cameron's Britain. dc the 2nd
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12:28pm Tue 3 Sep 13

beach1e says...

I wonder how many of the people at the meeting know what they are there for other than a couple of pints
I wonder how many of the people at the meeting know what they are there for other than a couple of pints beach1e
  • Score: 1

1:31pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Morsey says...

If you have nothing sensible to add, why bother to comment? If you live miles away from this area, then it doesn't affect you, but people are quite entitled to be extremely concerned about such an invitation to an inappropriate operation in the centre of Swindon! Grow up!
If you have nothing sensible to add, why bother to comment? If you live miles away from this area, then it doesn't affect you, but people are quite entitled to be extremely concerned about such an invitation to an inappropriate operation in the centre of Swindon! Grow up! Morsey
  • Score: -4

3:03pm Tue 3 Sep 13

dc the 2nd says...

Morsey wrote:
If you have nothing sensible to add, why bother to comment? If you live miles away from this area, then it doesn't affect you, but people are quite entitled to be extremely concerned about such an invitation to an inappropriate operation in the centre of Swindon! Grow up!
No they aren't entitled. You buy a house near an industrial estate then don't complain when industry moves in. Also Cheney Manor is in the centre of Swindon now? Horsesh1t.
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: If you have nothing sensible to add, why bother to comment? If you live miles away from this area, then it doesn't affect you, but people are quite entitled to be extremely concerned about such an invitation to an inappropriate operation in the centre of Swindon! Grow up![/p][/quote]No they aren't entitled. You buy a house near an industrial estate then don't complain when industry moves in. Also Cheney Manor is in the centre of Swindon now? Horsesh1t. dc the 2nd
  • Score: 4

4:36pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Empty Car Park says...

They outlawed an incinerator from Barnfield Road.
Now they try to re-instate one next door?
Bizzarre!
They outlawed an incinerator from Barnfield Road. Now they try to re-instate one next door? Bizzarre! Empty Car Park
  • Score: 0

7:02pm Tue 3 Sep 13

Hmmmf says...

dc the 2nd wrote:
Morsey wrote:
If you have nothing sensible to add, why bother to comment? If you live miles away from this area, then it doesn't affect you, but people are quite entitled to be extremely concerned about such an invitation to an inappropriate operation in the centre of Swindon! Grow up!
No they aren't entitled. You buy a house near an industrial estate then don't complain when industry moves in. Also Cheney Manor is in the centre of Swindon now? Horsesh1t.
Everyone's entitled to an opinion whether you like it or not, dc the 2nd. And of course if you'd paused to think for a moment, you'd realise that there was no incinerator on the 'industrial estate' when 'they' bought houses downwind of it. There still isn't an incinerator there. Horsesh1t is burning wood and soiled animal bedding and calling yourself 'Pure Green'. **** is trying to make out that a waste incinerator is just another 'industry' that can set up shop willy nilly on any 'industrial estate' in the country.
[quote][p][bold]dc the 2nd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: If you have nothing sensible to add, why bother to comment? If you live miles away from this area, then it doesn't affect you, but people are quite entitled to be extremely concerned about such an invitation to an inappropriate operation in the centre of Swindon! Grow up![/p][/quote]No they aren't entitled. You buy a house near an industrial estate then don't complain when industry moves in. Also Cheney Manor is in the centre of Swindon now? Horsesh1t.[/p][/quote]Everyone's entitled to an opinion whether you like it or not, dc the 2nd. And of course if you'd paused to think for a moment, you'd realise that there was no incinerator on the 'industrial estate' when 'they' bought houses downwind of it. There still isn't an incinerator there. Horsesh1t is burning wood and soiled animal bedding and calling yourself 'Pure Green'. **** is trying to make out that a waste incinerator is just another 'industry' that can set up shop willy nilly on any 'industrial estate' in the country. Hmmmf
  • Score: -2

8:51pm Tue 3 Sep 13

PeeGee says...

I live nearby and I don't have a problem with it
I live nearby and I don't have a problem with it PeeGee
  • Score: 2

11:10am Wed 4 Sep 13

whaddahey?! says...

With tall chimneys being part of the application, the obvious irony missed by the apparently panicked residents is that its people living miles away who ought to have most concern over any imagined pollution. That makes this classic NIMBY talk. Like other commentators have said, this is AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE!!! We're also living in a world where any industrial plant is closely monitored by the various agencies. To hear the old women and hand-wringers, you'd imagine that this was some sort of Victorian foundry, belching thick black smoke into the sky, unmonitored and un restricted. What's the bet that the net local pollution from this plant is probably less than what comes from the exhausts of the cars they drive to their campaign meetings?
With tall chimneys being part of the application, the obvious irony missed by the apparently panicked residents is that its people living miles away who ought to have most concern over any imagined pollution. That makes this classic NIMBY talk. Like other commentators have said, this is AN INDUSTRIAL ESTATE!!! We're also living in a world where any industrial plant is closely monitored by the various agencies. To hear the old women and hand-wringers, you'd imagine that this was some sort of Victorian foundry, belching thick black smoke into the sky, unmonitored and un restricted. What's the bet that the net local pollution from this plant is probably less than what comes from the exhausts of the cars they drive to their campaign meetings? whaddahey?!
  • Score: -1

5:54pm Wed 4 Sep 13

Oliver Donockey says...

Morsey wrote:
If you have nothing sensible to add, why bother to comment? If you live miles away from this area, then it doesn't affect you, but people are quite entitled to be extremely concerned about such an invitation to an inappropriate operation in the centre of Swindon! Grow up!
I would suggest that if you live a few miles away it does affect you.
Smoke rises and travels doesn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Morsey[/bold] wrote: If you have nothing sensible to add, why bother to comment? If you live miles away from this area, then it doesn't affect you, but people are quite entitled to be extremely concerned about such an invitation to an inappropriate operation in the centre of Swindon! Grow up![/p][/quote]I would suggest that if you live a few miles away it does affect you. Smoke rises and travels doesn't it? Oliver Donockey
  • Score: 0

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