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Green Lane Eco park developers to appeal Salford council decision

The developers behind a proposed 240,000 tonne eco-park in Salford are to appeal the city council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the facility.

The £70m Green Lane Eco Park application, which included a 60,000 tonne anaerobic digestion (AD) facility, an 80,000 tonne gasification plant and a 100,000 tonne business waste recycling operation was rejected by councillors, despite recommendations by council officers to approve the facility.

Sky Properties owner Anthony Hirsch said: “The council officers were satisfied that all technical questions have been answered and that our plans met government policy and guidelines.

“There is still an opportunity for Salford to benefit from proven technology delivering environmental and economic benefits, including 60 jobs.

“We are still committed to investing in the site and working with the council, businesses and the local community.”

Planning permission was initially lodged in 2010, after Sky Properties had proposals for environmentally-friendly housing on the site rejected by both Salford council and the then communities secretary and local MP Hazel Blears, as the site was designated for employment use.

The decision has been welcomed by the Say No To Green Lane Incinerator group. A message on the group’s website stated: “This is not only a victory for the city but also for democracy. The developers’ strenuous attempts to dupe both the public and council into accepting this nightmare have categorically failed.”

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