Plug pulled on power station plans

PLANS for a power station at West Byfleet appear to have been permanently extinguished by the owner of the land targeted for electricity generators.

Byfleet United Charity, which owns the former Camphill tip, has ended its relationship with the company which caused a public outcry with its plan.

UK Power Reserve Ltd unexpectedly withdrew its planning application for 33 gas-powered generators on the land, in the face of more than 1,000 objections.

Now the charity’s trustees have decided not to continue with the proposal for land next to Camphill Industrial Estate.

The decision has been welcomed in the community, where objectors feared UK Power Reserve would return with an amended planning application.

Generating units similar to those proposed for a power station at West Byfleet

The chairman of Byfleet Neighbourhood Forum, Wade Pollard, told the News & Mail: “I am very relieved that Byfleet United Charity has decided not to allow a power station to be built on their land.

“I keep reading more about studies showing how harmful air pollution is to health. This was my main concern.”

“I would like to thank the trustees for listening to residents and making the difficult decision to sacrifice income for the long term good of the health of the community.”

Byfleet, West Byfleet and Pyrford Residents’ Association told its members: “We recognise that for BUC’s trustees, this must have been a difficult decision, because the deal would have offered the charity a substantial source of income to assist their important work in the local community.

“However, they have listened and responded positively to the understandable concerns of the local community.”

UK Power Reserve is building or applying to build standby generating stations around the UK, including locations in Melton Mowbray, Gloucester, Warrington, Dudley and Runcorn. The electricity produced backs up the National Grid at times of shortage and high demand.

The company said it had no comment to make after it withdrew its application for planning permission to Woking Borough Council.

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