Cumbria

Barrow biomass plant plans 'shaped' by meeting

  • 26 August 2012
  • From the section Cumbria
The proposed Centrica biomass plant in Barrow
The proposed plant would replace a smaller facility

Proposals for a new biomass power station in Barrow will be discussed at a council meeting.

More than 13,000 people have signed a petition against Centrica Energy's plan to build the plant on its existing site at Roosecote.

The secretary of state for energy and climate change will decide whether to approve the application.

But Cumbria County Council says any recommendations its officers make will help shape the final plans.

Centrica wants to demolish its existing gas-fired plant and build a larger facility which could burn waste and wood chip brought in through Barrow docks from the UK and abroad.

Emission concerns

The company said the power plant would be carbon neutral and could create long-term jobs.

Plans have been opposed by campaigners concerned about wood-burning emissions and the visual impact of the larger plant.

The meeting of the county council's Barrow Local Committee will be held on 6 September and will be open to the public.

The county council said the committee's views would "help shape" Cumbria County Council's response to the major infrastructure planning unit, which is considering the application.

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