To Simon Castle, Trafford’s Chief Planning Officer
With the exception of the Labour Planning Committee Members who are not allowed to pre – judge planning applications, I wish to object on behalf of the Labour Group to the above planning application for the following reasons :-
- The biomass renewable energy plant process is a relative new process and there are real fears amongst the local community and the wider public concerning the health risks of such a plant being proposed on the doorstep of a highly populated area. The toxic emissions from the plant has the potential to damage peoples health, particularly the young, elderly and those that suffer with existing health problems. This type of renewable plant is controversial, and there appears to be considerable evidence from scientists and experts who warn against the health impact and dangers of such plants.
- The continuous daily heavy lorry journeys to and from the plant will create considerable extra traffic congestion in an area which already suffers severe congestion. This extra traffic will further add to the significant air pollution which already exists in the locality, and will create further disruption, noise and inconvenience to people living close to the plant.
- I understand there are other Energy Plants in Trafford which have recently been given planning permission. We therefore believe Trafford has enough power plants with permission to develop, and one more will result in adding to the adverse environment affect of power stations in the Trafford area.
- We also consider that this area suffers already with significant environmental problems which exist by the fact situated nearby is Trafford Park Industrial Estate, the Trafford Centre, Davyhulme Sewage Works, Trafford Retail Park and Chemical Manufacturers on the doorstep. It is our view that this is one development to much for the area.