Peel and Tamar launch appeal over AD Plant in Ramsbottom

RAWS Committee Members and Residents with Cllr Ian Bevan

RAWS Committee Members and Residents with Cllr Ian Bevan

I am very disappointed to report that Peel Environmental and Tamar Energy have today launched an appeal to the Planning Inspector over the decision of Bury Council’s Planning Committee to refuse planning permission for the proposed Anaerobic Digestion Plant at Fletcher Bank in Ramsbottom.

RAWS Town Hall

The hundreds of residents that turned out to the planning committee meeting back in March 2014, and the thousands who signed the petition, show that we do not want this AD plant in Ramsbottom.

Ian Bevan being interviewed by TV reporters at the AD Planning Meeting at Bury Town Hall

Ian Bevan being interviewed by TV reporters at the AD Planning Meeting at Bury Town Hall

The appeal means that an independent inspector will be appointed to review the council’s decision and will decide whether it should be upheld. Although the format and date for an appeal has not been set at this stage, a decision could be taken by the Planning Inspectorate after a public inquiry in early 2015.

Kieran Tames of Peel Environmental has said that Peel were disappointed that their application was refused earlier this year as it was recommended for approval by council officers.

Once the Planning Inspectorate have given the appeal a reference, you will have the opportunity to make comment.  I woud refer you to the planning inspectorate website at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk for further details.  A procedural guide to appeals can be found here: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/uploads/pins/procedural_guide_planning_appeals.pdf

I will continue to work with Ramsbottom Against the Waste Site to oppose this application and will keep residents updated on this blog as soon as we have some news.

Ian