York & North Yorkshire

Gas plant plan for North Yorkshire goes on display

A public exhibition is being held about plans for a controversial £50m project to build a gas plant on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

Moorland Energy has submitted a planning application to build a gas processing facility on a site between Thornton-le-Dale and Wilton.

Thousands of people have signed a petition against the scheme.

The exhibition at Thornton-le-Dale village hall runs until 2000 BST on Thursday and until 1700 BST on Friday.

Earlier this year, developers submitted plans to North Yorkshire County Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority.

The project includes two five-mile long underground pipelines and a new access road from the A170 to the proposed site on farmland off Hurrell Lane.

Residents of villages across the area fear the development will bring heavy industrial traffic and be an eyesore.

If approved, the company wants to start building work next year with the aim of being operational by early 2013.

Moorland Energy said it would create about 150 temporary jobs during construction and about 25 permanent jobs once production started.

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