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Judge agrees with Eric Pickles to grant plans for Trafford biomass plant

Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A High Court judge has ruled that a decision made to grant planning approval to a biomass plant proposal in Trafford by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles was sound. The judgement was made in the Manchester Civil Court on 24 February 2014.

Jon England, project manager at Peel Energy, said: “We now intend to focus our attention on completing the work necessary for the plant to be built so it can start generating renewable electricity for the homes and businesses of Greater Manchester.”

The Breathe Clean Air Group say they're disappointed: The reality of today’s decision means that an incinerator almost as tall as the Chill Factore will be built opposite the stadium of Salford Reds and Sale Sharks Rugby Clubs and only 500m from the nearest homes. It will be a smiling assassin.

The site is partially located in an Air Quality Management Area, where plans should be in place to reduce air pollution for public safety, not add to it.

Coronation Street set could be opened to the public

The famous Rovers Return. Credit: PA

Fans of Coronation Street could soon walk along the famous cobbles after filming moves to a new site.

ITV is considering a planning application which could see the Quay Street set in Manchester opened to the public for a six month period.

Production of the soap will move to new studios in Trafford early next year.

The new Coronation Street set under construction in Trafford. Credit: PA


Man dies after being hit by car in Trafford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian died following a collision with a car in Trafford Park. At about 11.20pm on Friday 18 October 2013, police were called to Wharfside Way in Trafford Park following reports a black Audi S3 had hit with a 44-year-old pedestrian.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and remains in police custody for questioning.

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Charity worker's mother: 'Drugs destroy people's lives'

The parents of charity worker Nick Bonnie who died after collapsing at a Manchester nightclub have paid tribute to their son. The 30-year-old's death is suspected to be drugs related.

Andy and Pauline Bonnie told ITV News' Dan Rivers he "touched so many old and young".

Mrs Bonnie, a drugs rehabilitation worker, also appealed for people to avoid illegal substances.

"If anybody's thinking or offered or believes that it's a good thing to take drugs it isn't.

"Drugs destroy people's lives, the impact it's having for our family is a permanent one, and I don't think we'll never get over it...he was a special boy."

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