PLANS to build a large gas fired power station near Alcester have been re-submitted following their withdrawal last year when planning permission was refused by Stratford District Council.
The proposed location is in open countryside alongside the A46 and Croft Lane between the villages of Haselor and Temple Grafton.
Alcester County and District Councillor Mark Cargill (Con) said: “This is obviously very distressing for residents who with their councillors, successfully fought off the previous application.
“There is no justification for building such a power station in the open countryside.
“It’s not as if we, as a district, have not helped the country’s power supply issue by granting permission for an environmentally friendly 50mW solar power farm at Drayton five miles away.
“That facility uses battery storage to feed power into the grid during peak times, similar to what is proposed here, although this proposal will pollute the countryside.
“It is obvious that this power station is not needed here. We should not even be considering such a demonstrably environmentally unfriendly facility.
“There will be noise pollution and air pollution from burning fossil fuels. This is wrong on many levels.”
Kinwarton District Councillor Gill Forman (Con) added: “There was no good reason for a power station here last year and there is still no good reason for it now.”
The application is for the development of a standby gas powered generation facility with access road, security and acoustic fencing, gas generators, and landscaping and has been submitted on behalf of Enso Ltd which says it offers ‘energy solutions for today and tomorrow’.
The consultation period ends on June 20.
To view the application visit the Stratford District Council website, go to the planning section and key in the application number 19/00923/FUL