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Peel Energy and the Breathe Clean Air Group get ready for public inquiry into Barton Renewable Energy Plant
10:52am Friday 27th July 2012 in News
A PRESSURE group has submitted its case opposing controversial proposals for a biomass energy plant in Davyhulme, ahead of a public inquiry in November.
The Breathe Clean Air Group (BCAG) is fighting Peel Energy's application to site a biomass energy plant - known as the Barton Renewable Energy Plant (BREP) - on land near Barton Bridge.
Peel is appealing against Trafford planning committee’s unanimous decision last year to refuse the biomass plant. The scheme was given the thumbs down over fears about the effect it would have on public health.
Pressure group the Breathe Clean Air Group says its key points of objection include the location of the incinerator; its impact on air quality and health; the public perception of harm; noise, traffic and disturbance; and the effect of the plant on the area.
The chairman of BCAG, Pete Kilvert, said: “The BCAG team has worked very hard to produce a robust and thoroughly professional statement of case. We feel that we have a very good chance of convincing the inspector and the secretary of state, Eric Pickles, that the incinerator must not be built in Davyhulme.
“The presentation of the case at the inquiry will be done by barristers and air quality experts. This requires funding and we are appealing to the community to support our fighting fund. See www.BreatheCleanAirGroup.co.uk for details on how you can help.”
Peel Energy said it is continuing with its preparations for the public inquiry.
Jon England, Peel Energy project manager, said: “The BREP proposal was turned down by the planning committee last November against the recommendation of the council’s own planning experts.
“There were no objections to the proposal on grounds of air quality or public health from any of the professional bodies who were consulted by Trafford Council. These included Trafford PCT, the Health Protection Agency and Trafford’s own air quality officers.
“Based on those facts, Peel Energy considers that an independent public inquiry is the best forum to examine the issues in an impartial and objective manner.”