The great-granny who won her legal fight to overturn planning consent for a £165million gasifier has got back her costs of a little over £2,000.
Shirley Giles (74) took up the case against South Holland District Council (SHDC) in the High Court in London after her own parish council at Sutton Bridge abandoned its legal challenge.
The parish originally pledged £10,000 for a fighting fund to derail the gasifier, but made a last-minute U-turn – dropping the case after spending £2,500 on legal advice. All of that money is now lost.
Mrs Giles said: “I am pleased to say I got my costs back.
“If they (the parish council) had carried on with it – and spent more money – they would have got all of it back.”
A legal document reveals South Holland District Council and Mrs Giles agreed that conditions in the planning consent “link sustainability of feedstock with participation in a relevant financial assistance regime”.
It continues: “The defendant (SHDC) accepts that it failed to consider adequately or at all that such a linkage might enable the development to operate unsustainably during some or all of its lifetime.”
The biomass gasifier planning application from EnergyPark Sutton Bridge will be reconsidered by the planning committee at a later date.
The parish council also objects to a proposed EDF gas-fired power station at Sutton Bridge, but planning committee members are recommended by officers to make no objection when they consider an application under the Electricity Act tomorrow (Wednesday).
That application will be decided by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.