An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of the Borough to grant permission for the Energy Centre at Keypoint.
Two reasons were given for the refusal:
1. The proposed Renewable Energy Centre would introduce a visually dominant, intrusive and unsightly feature in a highly prominent location, which would substantially harm the visual setting of Swindon and its surrounding local area and which could prejudice delivery of Swindon’s development strategy…..
2. The applicant has failed to demonstrate a need for the strategic scale waste management facility. In the absence of a local need, and in the absence of a robust assessment of potentially suitable sites closer to the source of the waste, waste would need to be transported to the facility from beyond the local area, contrary to the proximity principle and contrary to the principles of sustainable development….
The appeal will be determined by a Government appointed inspector based on those 2 grounds.
Air pollution was not one of the reasons given for refusal because the planning officers advised that this was an issue for “other regulatory bodies”. In the event that the appeal is successful, this is something that the PC will have to pursue.
Residents with a particular concern about this may like to skim through the Planning Officer’s detailed Report to the committee at