Cheney Manor biomass plant thrown out

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A HUGELY controversial proposal to build a biomass plant in Cheney Manor has today officially been thrown out by the council.


The plan, which would have involved burning wood chippings to create energy, was put forward by Pure Green but met with fierce opposition from local residents and councillors.


Due to the level of opposition and the need for further detail about the process a planning decision was deferred until a further date.


However, there has since been no communication from Pure Green, or its parent company Hippofan, since this date, despite claims they were not abandoning the application, so the plan has been officially deposed of.


As a result, should the company want to build a biomass plant they will need to put in a whole new application.


Opposition to the plan was almost unanimous and before a council meeting in November residents held a protest outside the chambers at which they handed over a petition against the plant containing 700 signatures.


The main points of contention were the levels of pollution the plant would have created, along with the amounts of extra traffic.

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7:39pm Tue 11 Mar 14

timt1964 says...

yet another victory for nimbys and backwards swindon.round of applause please.
yet another victory for nimbys and backwards swindon.round of applause please. timt1964
  • Score: -12

8:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

No one was against the idea of having a plant, just that it should be away from houses and schools and have access that wouldn't clog up the traffic. Sounds like a common sense decision to me and was unanimous so clearly all those who mattered agreed.
No one was against the idea of having a plant, just that it should be away from houses and schools and have access that wouldn't clog up the traffic. Sounds like a common sense decision to me and was unanimous so clearly all those who mattered agreed. house on the hill
  • Score: 10

8:08pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Hmmmf says...

timt1964 wrote:
yet another victory for nimbys and backwards swindon.round of applause please.
A defeat for narrow-minded bigotry like yours which mindlessly insults entire groups of people simply for holding views opposed to your own would also be welcome.
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: yet another victory for nimbys and backwards swindon.round of applause please.[/p][/quote]A defeat for narrow-minded bigotry like yours which mindlessly insults entire groups of people simply for holding views opposed to your own would also be welcome. Hmmmf
  • Score: 7

8:44pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Morsey says...

The only result ... of course, the timing ... certain Councillors are running scared for a few weeks ... I wonder why?

Declaration of interest from Forward (or is that 'Backward') Swindon team members is not required now?

This plant should be at least five miles away from residential areas, if and when it is given future backing from a Town Council!
The only result ... of course, the timing ... certain Councillors are running scared for a few weeks ... I wonder why? Declaration of interest from Forward (or is that 'Backward') Swindon team members is not required now? This plant should be at least five miles away from residential areas, if and when it is given future backing from a Town Council! Morsey
  • Score: -2

11:35am Wed 12 Mar 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

Well done......
Well done...... A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 5

4:51pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Even Angrier Monkey says...

Good news. It was, and is a daft location to consider building a plant like this.

No town with any sense would consider builing heavy industry in what is now a fairly central location.
Good news. It was, and is a daft location to consider building a plant like this. No town with any sense would consider builing heavy industry in what is now a fairly central location. Even Angrier Monkey
  • Score: 3

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