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Decision day for power plant at Micheldever Station
CIVIC chiefs look set to reject a controversial plan for an ‘energy centre’ near Micheldever Station.
Massive opposition has greeted the proposal in 2012 for a power plant at Overton Road.
The county council regulatory committee is due to decide tomorrow but its officers are recommending rejection.
In a report the officers said the development contravenes the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan in that it is not located on previously developed land. It would also impact on a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).
Leading campaigner Nick Hurrell, a member of Micheldever Action Group, said he welcomed the recommendation. He added: “We have worked very hard to prove that this application is in completely the wrong location and has a number of safety issues with the site above the railway line. I hope common sense planning prevails. There will be no benefit to this community whatsover.”
Clean Power Properties wants to produce energy from waste on a site above the railway sidings off Overton Road. The plant that would bring together in one place autoclaves, pyrolysis and anaerobic digesters to convert waste into energy.
Up to 210,000 tons of waste per year would be taken to the six-acre site, in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, producing 7.6 megawatts of electricity. The facility would also create up to 30 new jobs, developers say.
Residents say the estimated 15,000 lorries, and 150,000 tonnes of waste being brought into the village, plus potentially foul smelling gases and noise pollution, would be a blight on the village.
Harry Wyndham, from Clean Power Properties, said: “We believe this brownfield site is ideal for new Waste Management facilities with excellent access to the A303, without the need to pass any residential properties and clearly has good transport connections. This site also has the opportunity to reduce waste related HGV road movement in the County by using freight which other sites do not have.
“We are disappointed with the recommendation put forward by officers, but it is up to members of the committee to make a decision.
“Our application will help Hampshire County Council deal with its waste in a more sustainable way and save both the Council and Hampshire businesses money.”
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