Bilsthorpe power station plans approved

Designs for the plant at Bilsthorpe Image copyright Peel
Image caption The site could handle around 120,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste each year

Plans for a £70m power station on the site of a former colliery in Nottinghamshire have been approved.

The plant, to be built on the Bilsthorpe Colliery site, would use waste to generate electricity.

Nottinghamshire County Council's planning committee gave the proposals the go-ahead at a meeting on Tuesday.

However, Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, said he has written to the Communities Secretary to review the decision.

Mr Spencer said there was a lot of ill feeling among his constituents after the decision and was worried recyclable material would be used at the plant.

"A lot of people are concerned about this new technology," he said.

"I've asked the Secretary of State [Eric Pickles] to look at it and I'm fairly hopeful he might come to a different conclusion."

Peel Environmental said the site would handle around 120,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste each year and create enough power to meet the needs of about 23,000 homes.

However, a campaign group has claimed the plant is just another incinerator.

Shlomo Dowen, from UKWIN (Without Incineration Network), said: "It'll be an ugly industrial plant with two 100ft chimneys that will be belting out water vapour containing particulates and toxins.

"It's all the nightmare scenario that local people are concerned about."

The plans were passed by five votes to four with two abstentions.

The project is expected to create 46 jobs at the site which ceased coal production in 1995.

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