Permission is refused for power plant at Ballyutoag Road
ENVIRONMENT Minister Alex Attwood has refused planning permission for an Energy from Waste power plant at the Ballyutoag Road.
The application, which proposed the construction of an Energy from Waste power plant involving thermal processing of waste wood, non-recyclable fractions of Commercial and Industrial Waste and Municipal Solid Waste, connection to the national grid and ancillary greenhouses to utilise residual heat, has been the subject of interest from within the local community.
This is another ‘Article 31’ (major planning application), one in an ongoing series of large planning announcements being made by the Minister.
Commenting on his decision, Mr Attwood said: “I have given very careful consideration to this proposal, interrogating all the issues and have concluded that it’s excessive scale and resultant visual impact would be detrimental to the character of the surrounding countryside area.
“I am also aware that, in planning policy terms, the proposed development is not considered to be acceptable in this location and has the potential to give rise to adverse environmental impacts.
“Having carefully considered these matters and after taking account of the views and concerns of the local community I have decided to refuse planning permission. I am a firm supporter of EfW opportunities and of alternative, more environmentally sustainable energy plans.
“However, this proposal is sited in the wrong location, is in conflict with a range of planning needs, and the environmental benefits do not outweigh the potential harm to this rural area.”
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