Manchester

Inquiry into Peel Energy Trafford incinerator plan opens

How the Barton Renewable Energy Plant would look
Image caption The Environment Agency said experts had advised the plant would not put people at risk

About 200 residents have turned up to the opening of a three-week public inquiry into plans to build a biomass incinerator in Greater Manchester.

A government inspector will rule on Peel Energy's proposal after the firm appealed over Trafford Council's rejection of its planning application.

Residents raised concerns the Davyhulme plant, which would burn wood to produce electricity, could harm their health.

But the Environment Agency said it was satisfied it would not pose a risk.

MPs, air quality and regeneration experts will speak at the inquiry in Old Trafford.

Peel Energy said the Barton Renewable Energy Plant proposal would feed enough low carbon electricity into the National Grid to meet the equivalent demand of about 37,000 homes.

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