Countryside protest over power plan

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COUNTRYSIDE campaigners are battling plans to redevelop the former Thorpe Marsh Power Station into a modern gas-powered facility.

The coal-powered station at the site was closed in 1994 but Doncaster Council is due to meet next week to decide whether is should back a planned application to bring it into use as a gas-fuelled power station.

Because the application has been made using the Electricity Act, Doncaster Council can only make a recommendation for it to be approved or rejected. The final decision will be made by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

But the Campaign to Protect Rural England South Yorkshire has now come out against the scheme.

Andy Tickle, head of planning at CPRE South Yorkshire, said: “Thorpe Marsh Power Ltd states that more electricity will be needed as old power stations are retired in the next decade.

“We argue that if the Government is to meet its targets to supply more renewable energy and address climate change, then only renewable and low carbon power sources should be permitted. The proposals at Thorpe Marsh are neither.”

He also has serious concerns about the impact it will have on the flat open landscape. He says the building will be visible for miles as it will be up to 60 metres high.

The power station would employ 40 people when it is up and running, and Doncaster Council says it is accepted that nationally there is a need for replacement electricity- generating capacity to replace the closing coal, gas and nuclear power stations and to meet expected increases in electricity demand. It says gas is a clean fuel.

Council officers are recommending the planning committee supports the scheme when it meets on Tuesday.