Council backs power station

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PLANS to build a gas-fuelled power station at Thorpe Marsh have moved a step closer after they received backing from Doncaster Council.

The authority’s planning committee voted to support the idea of the scheme to build a modern electricity generation plant on the site of the former coal-powered power station which was closed in 1994.

The proposals would see the demolition of the landmark cooling towers which have been a feature of the site for decades, to make way for the new development.

But a final decision on planning permission for the scheme will fall to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Councillors heard the scheme, which will see up to 600 people working on its construction, will take around 27 months to build. When it is completed there will be around 40 staff employed in its operation.

The highest point will be a 40m high cooling stack.

Developer Peter Wilcox claimed the power station would be quiet in its operation.

He told the committee: “The only way you will know it’s working is by the heat haze over the stack. They are very quiet and there are sites where you have to put you ear to the cladding to be able to hear they are working.”

But campaigners have raised concerns over the plans because of issues including construction traffic, lack of consultation and potential flood risk to a site which was at the centre of an Army operation to prevent an electricity substation from flooding in 2007.

Barnby Dun ward councillors David Nevett and Paul Bissett both addressed the committee. Coun Nevett said: “Local issues still have to be addressed.”

Coun Bissett said he supported the application but said there were concerns needing to be dealt with.

Barnby Dun resident Ian Buchanan said after the meeting that residents wanted a public inquiry to answer all the questions they felt had not been resolved.