Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

D-Day Looms for Plant

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

D-Day Looms for Plant

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A DECISION is to be made tomorrow on plans to build a small scale biomass power plant that could turn waste into electricity.

Holystone Heat and Power Ltd wants to create the facility at Davy Bank, in Wallsend, North Tyneside.

The plant would transform 30,000 tonnes of wood into renewable energy, generating enough electricity to supply more than 6,000 homes a year.

The project would create six jobs at the site and more than 50 during its construction.

The development, at Holystone's existing waste transfer station, would cut around 1,500 lorry movements a year by treating waste at the plant rather than transporting it to landfill.

People living 100m away at Railway Terrace have raised concerns about potential noise disturbance, smells and air pollution from the scheme.

But planning officers, who are recommending approval of the plans, say conditions can be imposed to ensure noise and pollution is strictly monitored and controlled.

In a letter to North Tyneside Council, the company said: "The proposed development will have many benefits to the area. …

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