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01/04/2021

Appeal: ‘Very special circumstances’ justify green belt gas plant

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Plans for a gas power plant in the Gloucestershire green belt that would ‘supply electricity at short notice during periods of high demand’ can go ahead, after an inspector decided that the scheme would support the transition to renewable energy.

LOCATIONIron ActonAUTHORITYSouth Gloucestershire CouncilINSPECTORS RenniePROCEDUREWritten submissionsDECISIONAllowedREFERENCEAPP/P0119/W/20/3261646The appellant had sought permission to install a 49.5MW gas peaking plant on land adjacent to a National Grid substation near Iron Acton, a village in South Gloucestershire. However, the site was within the green belt, and the council decided that........
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