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Delay ends for £12m biomass project

A £12 million Dorset biomass plant has been given the green light after a four-year planning delay.

Eco Sustainable Solutions first submitted a planning application for the plant in July 2007 and were finally granted permission by Dorset County Council on Friday.

The plant will burn 25,000 tonnes of waste wood every year to generate up to 3 MW of electricity which the group says says will power more than 5,000 local homes.

Eco’s managing director Trelawney Dampney said: “This is a great day for Dorset and for all those who believe in green and sustainable energy.

“Biomass plants make environmental and economic sense and we’re delighted that, finally, we have received approval for our proposal.”

The biomass station will be built on Eco’s existing composting and wood recycling site at Parley and construction is expected to take up to 18 months to complete with work due to start later this year.

Work is expected to start later this year and take up to 18 months to complete with the plant likely to be in full operation in early 2013.

Eco’s biomass generator will be fuelled by wood taken by the public to household recycling centres which already arrives at the Parley site to be chipped.

Currently Eco ships the wood chips overseas to countries such as Sweden where they are used as fuel to generate electricity, a situation Mr Dampney has described in the past as “complete madness.”

Mr Dampney added: “It’s a win-win for everyone and we’re now looking forward to starting work on the plant and getting it up and running as quickly as possible.”