Wrexham Energy Centre

Enquiry received via email

Wrexham Energy Centre

07 May 2013
Richard Williams


E-mail received from Mr Richard Williams:
I am writing to inform you of my objections to the above named proposed power station. As a local resident I am strongly opposed to this and feel many statements made by Wrexham Power are false. My opposition is listed below:-
The land is greenbelt.
The land has a small wood which is the only one in the near vacinity.
This wood has various wildlife which would be destroyed or move away. (newts, otters and badgers to name but a few).
The areas visual enjoyment would be spoilt.
This wood also provides the only area where local school children can play safely.
Local residents use this wood to walk their dogs.
Wrexham Power say Wrexham requires more power. Not true-Wales already produces more power than it uses.
There are many recently closed facilities around the UK that would make alot more sense to use.
Wrexham Power claims this facility will provide jobs for local people. Once the plant is built there will not be that many jobs, many of which will be highly specialised so workers will be brought in from outside the area.
The risk of pollution affecting the local villages.
This area is not a part of Wrexham Industrial Estate.
There are numerous other areas within Wrexham Industrial Estate that are more suitable that would not spoil our environment.
This project breaks many of the 'Holford rules', which give guidance around pylon routes.
Unspoilt rural villages will be spoilt.
All countryside views will be spoilt.
Wildlife destroyed.
Noise pollution from cables.
Health implication of pylons.
Finally, a fundamental policy in the Welsh Government's 'One Wales Policy' is the 'Wellbeing of Local People'.

Advice given

Thank you for your e-mail dated 7 May 2013 in regard to the above project. Your e-mail is useful for us to monitor emerging issues in response to a pre-application proposal. As you may be aware, however, The Planning Inspectorate can accept this letter for information purposes only at this stage.
The proposed Wrexham Energy Centre is currently at the pre-application stage and is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2013. I therefore encourage you to contact the developer directly at this stage of the process as this is the best time to influence a project. I am aware that, to date the applicant has carried out informal consultation on this project.
At the pre-application stage of the process, the developer is required to carry out extensive statutory consultation (under s42, 44 and 47 of the Planning Act 2008) on the proposals before submitting their application to the Planning Inspectorate. This involves providing information about the proposal to various statutory and non-statutory bodies and the wider community, responding to questions, listening to suggestions and taking these into account to influence and inform the application ultimately submitted. The length of time taken to prepare and consult on the project will vary depending upon its scale and complexity.
I have attached copies of the following Planning Inspectorate Advice Notes which may be of interest to you. These include further information on the planning process
Advice note 8.1: How the process works
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Advice note 8.2: Responding to the developer?s pre-application consultation
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