Biomass plant plans turn to ashes

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PLANS to build a wood-burning biomass plant at Invergarry are in ashes after Highland councillors upheld an earlier decision to refuse the controversial project.

Planners turned down a bid from Northern Energy Developments Ltd (NEDL) in March for a £20million wood-fired plant under delegated powers – that is without involving elected members – after ruling the power station did not meet guidelines.

Over 100 local people submitted objection to the plan, citing fears over air pollution, visual impact and impacts on the local tourism industry. Only a handful of submissions backed the move.

NEDL appealed the decision and had their case heard by the planning review body at council headquarters last Thursday. Councillors unanimously threw out the bid.

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