A proposed energy from waste gasification plant has prompted strong opposition from both residents and members of the council in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
A planning application to build the plant on the site of a former burn house on the Moira Road was lodged by Lisburn Energy Recovery but since then has faced criticism, with one councillor calling for a formal opposition to the proposal.
Lisburn City Councils planning committee Councillor William Leatham has said the application should be declared an Article 31 application making it a major planning application and also called for a public inquiry to be held before any decision was made.
Leathem said: While the site of the proposal lies within the development limits of
Lisburn City Council area, it is important to remember that this is an area which is predominantly domestic/residential in nature with an adjacent area of manufacturing/storage.
Residents have also voiced their concerns over the plans, with one resident telling a local paper: I am concerned about odours and gases being released and also what they could do to the environment. The area around it is densely populated.
A statement from Lisburn City Council confirmed that a public inquiry should be undertaken. It said: Following consideration of a letter from the Department of the Environment, Planning Service, Lisburn City Council, at its monthly Planning Committee meeting in April, agreed that a planning application for an Energy From Waste Gasification Plant And Ancillary Infrastructure on the site of the former rendering plant at Moira Road, Lisburn should be referred to the Planning Appeals Commission for a Public Inquiry to be undertaken.
The Council believes that this application requires consideration of significant environmental issues of public interest and that a Public Inquiry will ensure that the views of all parties are fully considered.
A spokesman from SLR Consulting, the agent for the application said: "The technology utilised by BioGen Power and proposed for our facility at Lisburn has over 450,000 hours of successful operational uptime.