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09/11/2017

Appeal: Green belt rules outweigh benefits of reducing CO2 emissions

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An inspector has refused plans for an energy storage facility near Gravesend that would regulate National Grid energy supplies, ruling that the scheme's benefits – including a cut in CO2 emissions – could not outweigh harm to the green belt.

The proposal sought permission for an array of battery energy units that would store electricity, supplying it to the National Grid in times of high demand in order to ensure a constant supply of power. It would be sited on a rectangular parcel of land in the village of Southfleet, within the Metropolitan Green Belt.Inspector Richard Aston noted that the site is currently free from built........
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