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Trafford Council contests new biomass plant

Trafford Council has made plans to challenge the communities and local government secretary’s granting of planning permission to the Barton Renewable Energy Plant in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester.

The council said in a statement: “The council was disappointed at the secretary of state’s decision to uphold the appeal against the refusal of the Peel Biomass Plant application.

“It has carefully considered the decision and has taken legal advice with regard to the merits of appealing against it. In the light of that advice, the council is now preparing to issue proceedings to challenge the decision in the High Court.”

In the meantime the Breathe Clean Air Group will be campaigning on the issue of ill-health impacts caused by incineration of so-called biomass, including the burning of contaminated waste timber, solid recovered fuel such as plastics and old landfill site debris.

The group will be challenging the Environment Agency that issued an Environmental Permit to Barton Renewable Energy Plant in October 2012.

The Breathe Clean Air Group will be asking the Department for Energy and Climate Change why it is pursuing a policy of burning biomass that produces more carbon dioxide greenhouse gas than burning coal.

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