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Salford gasification plant rejected

Sky Properties’ plans for a waste facility in Salford have been rejected by the planning inspector.

Planning inspector John Woolcock said the plans for a 100,000 tonne MRF, 60,000 tonne AD facility and an 80,000 tonne Energos gasification plant, would be “out of keeping with the character and feel” of the area.

The site, he added, would be and an “unsympathetic neighbour” for local residents and would “result in harm to the character, and to some extent the appearance, of the area”.

The inspector, however, rejected opposition to the development based on its impact on pollution, health, noise, road safety and quality of life, and acknowledged the facility would have contributed to sustainable waste management providing major benefits.

The Green Lane Eco Park proposals were originally rejected by the Salford City Council in 2011.

Sky said it would now “consider alternative uses for the Green Lane Site which reflect the hopes and aspirations of the local residents as expressed by them at the Inquiry”.

Councillor Derek Antrobus, assistant mayor for strategic planning at Salford City Council, said: “This particular development was incredibly unpopular among the local community and the planning inspector took this strength of feeling into consideration when making his decision.

“There is a need for developments like this but it is essential we consider residents’ views when looking at where they should be located. In this particular case the site was not appropriate and we are pleased that the planning inspector has upheld the planning panel’s decision.”

Hani El-Qasem, chair of Say No To Green Lane Incinerator said: “The decision comes in line with planning strategy for the area and has found that the area has now cast off its heavy industrial roots to become a modern, bustling and thriving residential community. 

“A plant such as this would very much be ‘out of keeping’ for the area which will now see a future of mixed residential and tourist developments.”

He said the campaigners would work with the council and Sky to find an alternative development.

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