Hardenhuish School's biomass boiler plans causes upset

A secondary school in Wiltshire has caused upset among its neighbours after submitting plans to install a biomass boiler.

Hardenhuish School in Chippenham wants to install the technology which would burn wood pellets to create heat.

Resident William Trigg said: "They tell us they are wanting to be good neighbours but that comes after we have found out about planning permission."

The school is yet to respond to residents' noise and pollution fears.

Wiltshire Council has recommended the plans for approval.

Planning regulations also state the boiler does not require a permit to operate.

A planning officers' report said there would be "consistently low emissions" from the boiler, although there could be some smoke when it first starts working.

Conditions have been set out which restrict the hours of operation, the number of fuel deliveries during the year and also noise levels.

The school already has a wind turbine and solar panels on site.

Councillors will decide on the issue at a planning meeting later on Wednesday.

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