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£70m plans for Barton Renewable Energy Plant delayed

Residents, led by the Breathe Clean Air Group, have partially succeeded in their long-running campaign to block the Barton Renewable Energy Plant over health concerns, Manchester Evening News has reported.

Residents say the plant will emit dangerous pollutants including arsenic, dioxins and nitrogen dioxide just 500 metres from the nearest homes.

The council has announced that work on the plant has been delayed, following a decision by the Peel Group - a private real estate, media, transport and infrastructure investment company - to investigate whether or not it could be made to operate more efficiently by generating heat and electricity.

Town hall bosses insist that if the plant is eventually built, they will ensure it causes no harm to residents and will continue to challenge Peel on “operational issues”.

Last year, a judge threw out a legal challenge by Trafford council to the plant, finding ministers had followed the right procedures when they said it should go ahead.

Objections were rejected by the Environment Agency, which granted the plant a permit, and the planning inspectorate also backed the development.

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