Sheffield power station project protest

Pictured outside of her Home,  is protester Sylvia Sellars, who is againts the New British rail dep at Beighton.
Pictured outside of her Home, is protester Sylvia Sellars, who is againts the New British rail dep at Beighton.
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Residents have voiced concerns about lack of public consultation over plans for a £20 million wood burning power station on the outskirts of Sheffield - and have been given more time to comment.

Public meetings are also being held next week on proposals to build the plant on a one acre site off Rother Valley Way, Holbrook.

Rotherham-based UYE (UK) Limited has applied to Sheffield Council for permission for scheme - which could create 30 new jobs in the production process and a further 12 once up and running.

Enough electricity would be generated to power 7,500 homes and heat could be made available to the district heating system serving houses on neighbouring estates, the company says.

But residents are concerned about emissions and called for further consultation.

An environmental survey carried for the company says the facility could increase concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, benzene and nickel - but adds the impact would be ‘negligible’ and prevailing winds would blow smoke towards Rother Valley Country Park rather than housing.

But resident Sylvia Sellars said: “Only the industrial units and factories on part of the Holbrook Estate are on the list of neighbour notifications. The site plot is set opposite the small local nature reserve and very close to the Country Park.

“Are there going to be large numbers of HGVs rumbling through surrounding villages?”

UYE is holding a public exhibition at Shortbrook Community Centre, Westfield, from 3pm to 8pm on Thursday and from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, April 28, and the deadline for public consultation has been extended to May 7.

The company said the plant was ‘designed to blend into the existing industrial setting’.

Director Stephen Brookes said: “Local people and businesses on the industrial estate are invited to come to the exhibition where we will be happy to answer any questions and hear what people think.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said the plans had been advertised and letters sent to nearby businesses and ward councillors, but added the nearest houses were 500 metres away on Station Road and ‘were not directly notified by letter’.

n To view the plans, log onto and search for application number 12/00752FUL.