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MP urges recycling project bosses not to appeal after £40m plan is refused
11:02am Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
DUDLEY South MP Chris Kelly says he will be urging power plant bosses not to appeal after their application to build a £40million indoor recycling centre in Brierley Hill was thrown out.
The development control committee’s decision to reject the application by Clean Power Properties to build a state-of-the-art energy conversion centre on a disused rail terminal off Moor Street was met with cheers from protestors anxious to see the scheme off.
Conservative MP Mr Kelly welcomed the committee’s refusal the plan on Tuesday and said he hopes the decision marks the end of the line for the project in that location.
He said: "Although the project would have created jobs and that is always welcome, I do question why former brownfield sites such as this - where planners have allowed residential properties to be built around them - are still earmarked for industrial use.
“The council should re-designate those that are suitable for residential build to help hardworking people to get onto the property ladder, often for the first time, and access Government schemes to help first time buyers like Help to Buy.
"I will be writing to Clean Power Properties and requesting that they respect the wishes of hundreds of my Brierley Hill constituents and do not appeal against the decision to reject these proposals."
The innovative recycling centre would have provided power for up to 10,000 homes distributed through the local power network and would have created up to 30 new jobs.
But residents feared the centre would see too many extra trucks trundling through Brierley Hill, create pollution and odour problems and decrease house prices.
A spokesman for Clean Power said: “We are understandably very disappointed.
“Clean Power has worked hard throughout the application process to answer all of the questions asked by local residents, councillors and officers about our proposals, including on the issue of odour.
“We have detailed how the Environment Agency - who would regulate and monitor the operation of the site - raised no objection.
“Our proposals would prevent locally produced waste from going to landfill or incineration, generate renewable energy forlocal re-use and create a significant amount of employment opportunities.
“We would like to thank those within the community who have supported us. We will now explore our next steps.”
A decision on whether the company will appeal has yet to be made.
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