Noise and traffic fears dismissed as energy facility approved

Applying significant weight to the benefits of a proposed energy recovery centre in the Black Country, an inspector has dismissed concerns that resultant noise and traffic would undermine local residents' amenity.

The 35MW scheme, involving a capital investment of £150 million, was projected to create 41 skilled jobs and between 100 and 200 jobs during construction. The inspector found that the plant would contribute to energy security, heat would be exported to local businesses and less waste would be sent to landfill. She noted that the Environment Agency had issued a permit to control the plant’s operation and that predicted noise levels, even at night, would have a low impact. An impact on heritage assets was more than outweighed by the scheme’s public benefits, she calculated.

Inspector: Elizabeth Hill; Written representations

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