Editor's pick: National park power plant allowed with restrictions

In granting development consent order for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at South Hook in the Pembrokeshire Coast national park, the secretary of state for energy and climate has decided that national need and the scheme's local economic benefits are not outweighed by potential adverse impacts.

The secretary of state endorsed the examiner’s conclusion that a national need had been established for the development and that proposed mitigation measures would outweigh the localised adverse effect on the national park. He noted that CHP is a proven technology for reducing primary energy usage and carbon emissions.

Finding that it was inevitable that the scheme would create additional traffic on the road network, he also included provision for a construction traffic management plan. He also judged it necessary to ensure that the hours of construction work were strictly limited to those assessed in the environmental statement.

He found that noise from the plant during commissioning and operation would be regulated through an environmental permit and was satisfied that its construction and operation would not have an adverse effect on biodiversity. In issuing the consent, he also included a requirement for submission of an assessment of potential hazards.

Examining Authority: Jonathan Green; Hearings

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