April decision on biomass plan

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A decision is delayed on controversial plans for a £300million-plus biomass power station at Wingland as planners plough through paperwork.

Plans from EnergyPark Sutton Bridge, also known as PREL, were due to go to South Holland’s planning committee by December 5.

Last month it was said they were likely to go to the committee’s March meeting but the decision has been delayed again to April 17.

Planning committee chairman Roger Gambba-Jones said the council has had many submissions including a “huge volume of technical information”.

It’s too early to say what the officers’ recommendation will be.

“From the amount of public concern that’s been generated, it’s probably one of the most controversial applications and that’s why it’s absolutely crucial that we get it right,” he said.

Sutton Bridge Parish Council vice-chairman and district councillor Michael Booth is currently conducting traffic counts to see what impact lorries will have on the A17, but says the parish council’s main objection is the potential threat to air quality from power station emissions.

If consent is given, the project will generate 56,000 lorry journeys over the 30-month build – and 118 daily when it’s open.

Power station project director Helen Rome said: “We are disappointed with the delay, but look forward to the application for EnergyPark Sutton Bridge going before the planning committee.”