Power plant planned for approval despite fears of emissions by members of parliament.

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The developer Riverside Estates applied in February to build a 20 MW gas-fired power plant on a field near the Runcorn Rowing Club boathouse on Weaver Navigation.

The plans for a new gas-fired power plant at Runcorn are expected to be approved despite concerns about emissions.

A new 20 MW power plant at Runcorn is expected to be approved despite concerns about its impact on air quality.

However, the plans have received several objections, including one from local MP Mike Amesbury, who is concerned about the impact of the plant’s emissions on air quality in the region.

The Halton Council Planning Committee is expected to discuss the proposal at its meeting on November 2 and the Council members have recommended that the green light be given.

“I am concerned about the additional impact of this plant on air quality alongside a major road and rail infrastructure in the immediate vicinity of a large residential area in my constituency (Beechwood)”.

In his appeal, Mr Amesbury said: “It seems to me that this proposal is the wrong kind of development in the wrong place.

“There are already significant emissions in the area from the Rocksavage power station and waste-to-energy plant and from the operation of Inovyn.

But despite Mr Amesbury’s objections, Halton Council’s environmental health officers said the impact on air quality was “negligible”, partly due to the limited operating hours of the plant.

Although the construction of the plant would cause the loss of part of the green space, the planning officials said that the developers had tried to mitigate this and that the benefits of the new plant would therefore outweigh the loss of part of the land.

The power plant will only provide additional energy at peak times to bridge the gap between the closure of large coal-fired power plants and the development of an infrastructure for storing energy from renewable sources.

In their report, prepared ahead of next Monday’s planning committee meeting, council officers said: “The proposal would therefore allow the generation of low-carbon energy while ensuring that the impact on designated green areas and local wildlife is adequately mitigated and that the proposal takes into account land use in the surrounding area.

“The proposal is therefore considered acceptable”.

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