Over 100 local residents attended a public meeting in January for an update on the proposal by Clean Power Properties Ltd (CPP) to build a pyrolysis plant and anaerobic digester at Micheldever Station. The meeting, organised by Micheldever Action Group (MAG), which strongly opposes the proposal, heard that a revised planning application by CPP, differing little from the original, would go before Hampshire’s planners in the early spring.
MAG chairman Adrian Bates told the meeting that Micheldever was the wrong location for the plant for a host of reasons, including potential contamination of agricultural crops, proximity to housing, increase in traffic, and distance from urban sources of waste. The site is also a Site of Importance to Nature Conservation, and so should be protected.
Adrian Bates explained that if Hampshire County Council (HCC) permitted the development, some 140 large trucks would enter and leave the site every day, passing within metres of the nearest housing. Once on site, waste would be consumed by the pyrolysis plant (think incinerator) or put in the huge digesters to produce methane. He also made attendees aware of many questionable assertions made by CPP, especially those relating to claimed ‘green credentials’.
In addition to MAG and the Dever Society, a number of other organisations have registered their objections to the proposal, including Winchester City Environmental Health, WinAcc, CPRE North Hants, Hants & IoW Wildlife Trust, Alton RDC, Hampshire Grain, and Laverstoke Farm. In December 2012, Winchester City Council rejected Clean Power’s original application on five counts. As we go to press it is believed that the HCC’s Regulatory Committee will meet to consider CPP’s application in April.