A 420,000 tpa gasification-type incinerator, promoted by Pacific Green Technologies (PGTK, who took over PREL) as ‘EnergyPark Sutton Bridge’, has been refused planning consent by South Holland District Council.
Back in January 2014 the planning committee decided to grant planning consent, but this was successfully challenged by local campaigner Shirley Giles (who was represented by Deighton Pierce Glynn) who convinced the Council to agree to a quashing order at the High Court because the Council had “not properly considered the sustainability of the proposal before giving it the green light” [Source].
When asked for a comment by UKWIN, local campaigner Shirley Giles commented that: “We, and the residents of Sutton Bridge, are extremely pleased (in fact overjoyed) that the planning committee eventually REFUSED the planning application for a Biomass Gasifier at Sutton Bridge.
The main reasons for the refusal are the very same reasons we have been saying all along, that there was an absence of information relating to
1. sustainability of the fuel source,
2. the cumulative impact on air quality
3. potential impact of emissions on The Wash.
There are also other reasons that could be taken in to consideration as suggested at the latest planning committee meeting.”
Relevant local coverage of the story:
- How the Battle of Sutton Bridge was won (29 March 2015)
- Objectors cry “well done” as plan for Sutton Bridge renewable energy park refused (23 March 2015)
The facility was opposed by local group “Bridge Against The Incinerator”, and more detail can be found at http://bridgewatch.org.uk/energy-park-proposal.html