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Longridge Road energy plant unlikely to be objected to by Preston City Council

Posted on - 8th August, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Politics, Preston News, Ribbleton, Sharoe Green
An overhead view of Longridge Road Energy Centre
An overhead view of Longridge Road Energy Centre

Proposals for an incinerator in Longridge Road will receive backing from the city council.

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Miller Turner have applied to Lancashire County Council to build the £200million plant.

It would be within the Red Scar Industrial Estate and the overall site would border the Pope Lane nature reserve.

Lancashire County Council decides the planning application through its development control committee.

Preston City Council is consulted on the plans and councillors during the city council’s planning committee on Thursday (8 August) will hear about the proposals.

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Council officers have recommended the city council tables no objection to the scheme.

Officers state: “This type of facility requires a large building but the design incorporates features below ground level to help reduce the overall height of the building. Whilst the building would be larger than the surrounding development it is in keeping with the general industrial nature of the industrial estate the site is located within. As such the harm would be minimised and would not warrant an objection.”

The energy recovery plant is likely to go to the county council’s development control committee in the Autumn for a decision.

The city council released a statement ahead of the planning committee.

A spokeswoman said: “We’ve seen some posts on social media that a decision about the proposed facility will be made at this meeting. Just to clarify, Preston City Council is being consulted by Lancashire County Council as a neighbouring authority about the proposed development, so no final decision on the proposal for a facility will be made on Thursday.

“Whilst members of the public are welcome to attend Planning Committee meetings, for health and safety reasons numbers are limited and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.”

A ground level view of the plans for Longridge Road
A ground level view of the plans for Longridge Road

Miller Turner told Blog Preston they hope to have the plant operating by 2023.

The energy plant would burn 395,000 tonnes of household waste-per-year.

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