Here are the links to each application and objections.
Withdrawn or Rejected
A2) St Philips 2 (Lawrence Hill/ Easton) Rejected
A1) St Philips 1 (Lawrence Hill/ Easton) Withdrawn
D) Avonmouth EIA Required
We are at the start of this battle in Bristol. We must not forget though that other cities have and are currently fighting off these companies.
Similar application from UKPR in Manchester in August saw Council Leader, Kieran Quinn, say “This company seems to put speculative planning applications in all across the country for these things”
Cllr Quinn said he would do all he could to ensure the ‘aggressive and speculative’ application, fell at the earliest opportunity.
He said plans for the generators, which could have had 40-foot high chimneys, were ‘totally unacceptable’, adding: “While accepting the site is ready for development, any development needs to be in keeping with the area by being beneficial to local residents and businesses and agreeable to all parties. To achieve this, plans need to be drawn up in partnership between affected parties and key stakeholders. They’ve not told us they’ve withdrawn the application. Hopefully, in either case, people power will have won out in the end.”
A similar application by UKPR was also withdrawn in Yeovil last month after objections.
Manchester Evening News Artical
St Alban Experience
Here’s another newspaper report from St Albans a year ago, and it says at that time UKPR had more than 20 of these gas-fired power station planning applications in across the UK. They currently have around the same number today all over the country. They’ve been doing this for several years, and will continue to do so unless something is done.
UKPR make numerous speculative planning applications all over the UK with no community consultation. Local councils are only required to consult with occupiers of adjoining properties. If there is a large public outcry against the application, then UKPR withdraw it, and make the same speculative application on another unsuitable site nearby. This is an aggressive strategy which shows complete disregard for local communities.
They are causing untold distress to local communities, and wasting vast amounts of local authority money dealing with these speculative & aggressive planning applications in unsuitable residential & green belt areas with no community consultation. St Albans MP Anne Main describes it as, “a series of raid applications”, as when one application is withdrawn after community objections, they immediately make another for a different unsuitable site.
The Herts Advertiser Artical
This means this is likely to happen again in another part of Bristol.
Guidance on objections.
This is a great planning law blog which gives you information on the law around objecting to planning applications.
Useful grounds for objections. Taken from the St Werburghs residents who objected.
1. The M32 is the largest road gateway into Bristol. This development with its ten 12m high chimneys will be visible from the M32. This diminishes the reputation of Bristol and gives a very poor impression of the city, one which will impact the economy and tourism of Bristol. The development undermines the credibility of a European Green Capital.
2. If this planning permission is granted it will create a precedent. Planning permission for other such power stations in residential areas will become more difficult to reject and such developments will become commonplace to the detriment of the city.
3. At present ten generators are proposed on just part of the site. Energy demand is growing and so there is a high likelihood that further applications are received for the installation of additional
generators to expand the generator site. This cumulative development will be more difficult to reject once the initial development has taken place.
4. Small scale energy generation is more inefficient than large scale energy generation. This is reflected in the fact that national energy generation is delivered by discrete large scale power plants rather thousands of small scale plants of the type proposed here. The small scale plant will be inefficient and therefore unsustainable and therefore contrary to sustainability policies within the Local Development Plan.
5. This development will be contrary to Local Development Plan Policy DM26 (Local Character and Distinctiveness): The people of St Werburghs have a very strong green ethic, demonstrated in
projects and festivals held here, and measured directly in the ballot box by the election of green councillors. This green ethic is unlike any neighbourhood in Bristol and power station in this area diminishes this character.
6. Whilst the development states that plant will run on average for only 83minutes a day this figure is misleading. Peak run times will be considerable higher than the average. Secondly the run time will increase year on year as electricity demand increases. This plant is likely to be in service for many years and it is conceivable the plant could run for many hours each day in years to come. This will increase the noise and pollution within the area.
7. The plant will be burn large quantities of gas. Currently all the bulk gas storage plant near St.Werburghs is on the north side of the railway and separated from the residential area by a high
railway embankment. This embankment gives protection to the residential area should an explosion occur. This development will bring bulk quantities of gas onto the residential side and expose St.Werburghs to the risk of explosion.
8. Finally the development is within the Air Quality Management Area. The proposed development will emit significant amounts of polluting gases and will be contrary to Local Development Plan Policy DM33.