Energy from waste plant turned down.
Members of St. Helens Council’s Planning Committee have unanimously rejected plans to turn a warehouse into an “energy from waste” plant.
The site on Lock Street at Merton Bank would have been capable of burning 90,000 tonnes of rubbish a year. A further 60,000 tonnes would have been send for recycling or landfill.
Councillors turned it down because:
· The applicant failed to show that the development would be low carbon
· There is already sufficient capacity for energy from waste in Merseyside and Halton
· The development would have a detrimental impact on the amenity of residents in the area.
Planning Committee Chairman Councillor Stephen Glover said: “I’m worried about this being proposed next to housing. I want to be sure that it’s going to be low-carbon, not simply be told it’s more likely than not.”