New Red Scar Energy Plant Will Go Ahead, Despite Hundreds Of Public Complaints

Lancashire County Council continues to support an application for a new Preston energy plant, despite almost 500 objections.

Lancashire County Council’s Planning Committee approved a new Longridge Road Energy Centre (LREC), to be located immediately off junction 31A of the M6 motorway on the Red Scar Industrial Estate, east of Preston.

The energy-from-waste plant will produce up to 47MW (Megawatts) of power, by burning around 400,000 tonnes of non-hazardous waste.

Despite development Miller Turner’s application for the £200m project being approved, members of the public have launched 421 objections.

Only one official body has made an objection, which was a parish council in the area, all other bodies have not launched objections.

Members of the public have cited a number of complaints including emissions, traffic, odour, dust and noise.

Last Month Gregory Ewing, Chief Executive Officer for Miller Turner, said, “We are naturally pleased that our hard work, experience and track record of successfully delivering sustainable energy projects has been recognised with this approval. We now look forward to commencing construction of the project within the next six to twelve months.”

“We are confident that LREC will offer significant benefits to Preston and Lancashire and that it will operate without issue. We have worked hard to engage with the local community, holding a number of public consultation events as well as directly contacting well over 5,000 homes and businesses.”

“We want to continue this and be a good neighbour to the community. We plan to set up a community liaison group to operate throughout the construction and operation of LREC, offer an annual £60,000 community fund for local projects, support local people to apply for the jobs and apprenticeships created as well as opening a visitor centre for the facility.”

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