Controversial Biomass Plant Plans Thrown out; Renewable Energy Firm Is Set to Appeal
Byline: Peter Collins
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wood-fuelled renewable energy plant at Barry Docks have been refused following a storm of public opposition.
The scheme by Warrington-based Sunrise Renewables involved building the biomass plant at Woodham Road, Barry Docks.
The plant would have provided electricity to the grid 24 hours a day and generated power for 22,000 houses.
About 1,000 residents signed a petition opposing the scheme on the grounds that it would be in the wrong place and cause environmental damage to the area.
Vale of Glamorgan planners recommended approval of the scheme saying there were no planning objections to building the plant that could be defended at any appeal inquiry.
But members of the Vale planning committee rejected the recommenda-tioand refused the application.
Members said the plant would create too much noise and traffic, ruin plans to develop the docklands as a waterfront destination and cause significant harm to the environment.
Councillor Steffan Wiliam said: "If we approved this we would set a precedent and say it is all right to turn Barry into the dumping ground of the Vale of Glamorgan."
Councillor Richard Bertin said: "The question we have to ask people is, 'Would you like this on your doorstep?' Quite clearly, the answer is, 'No.'" Sunrise Renewables director, David Heath, said his firm would appeal against the decision, despite local opposition.
"We are very, very disappointed because we thought we put a good case forward," he said. …