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Biomass plans are set out a second time
7:40am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
THE original proposals for a biomass plant to be built in Swindon are set to go before the council at a future planning meeting.
In August, proposals by Pure Green, a low-carbon energy and animal bedding company, were lodged with Swindon Council to build a plant with one 30-metre chimney at Cheney Manor Industrial Estate.
Under the plans, the company would produce around 50,000 tonnes of animal bedding a year, plus energy for the National Grid, at the former SquareD factory.
A planning committee deferred its decision on whether to approve the plans after an unprecedented number of people turned out to protest against the development.
The plans were condemned by a number of ward councillors, residents’ association groups and the MP for North Swindon Justin Tomlinson. A steering group to rally support against the proposals was then formed.
During an interview with the Adver in September, one of the directors of Pure Green, Peter Vandeputte, had talked about dropping the production of energy and the controversial chimney from his plans.
But it is understood an agent working for Pure Green, an off-shoot of the Hippofan firm, has approached the council to push ahead with the original plans and was looking for information about hosting consultations with the public.
Coun Desmond Moffatt, who has collected more than 600 signatures against the development, said he was pleased the company had not gone ahead with a reduced application.
“The head of development control reported that they had made contact with Hippofan’s agent on the Monday and Tuesday and that he had received a call from the agent shortly before attending the planning meeting,” said Coun Moffatt, who repersents the Rodbourne Cheney ward.
“The agent had stated that Hippofan wished to continue with the original application.
“It’s easier for us to deal with the original application rather than a reduced one which was trying to convince everybody that everything was going to be all right.”
He said the tide was changing in terms of people’s views to biomass plants, with developments being turned down in Hampton and the Wirral.
It is unknown at this stage when the application will go before a committee.
Before this can take place, Pure Green was told by the last committee that it had to consult with the public which, to date, has not occurred.
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