Peel Energy still aiming for Manchester biomass plant

Manchester, UK-based Peel Energy are persisting with their plant to build a biomass power plant in the Davyhulme area, despite protests from Trafford council and local residents.

Trafford's political groups are united against controversial plans for the construction of the Barton Renewable Energy Plant (BREP) in Davyhulme.

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Trafford Council’s planning committee's unanimously rejected the original application for the biomass plant last year, but Peel have appealed, according to the Guardian.

Jon England, Peel Energy project manager pointed out 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."

An Environment Agency spokesperson said that, for all installations of this type, the EA is required to assess the environmental impact of emissions from the chimney, in particular on local air quality.

"We have met with the Breathe Clean Air Group and have agreed to review the background air quality data used in the application and draft decision document before reaching a final decision.

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