Biofuel plant plans approved

Plans for a new biofuel plant outside Brighton and Hove have been given the go-ahead.

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Brighton and Hove Council oppose biofuel plant

Councillors have approved twenty million pound plans for a power plant in Shoreham in Sussex despite protests. Edgeley Green Power says it will create ninety jobs and generate power using renewable energy. But concerns have been raised about the smell and air pollution.

We are keen to see the development of renewable energy generation on this site, but any renewable solution has to be genuinely sustainable. We objected to this proposal for a few reasons. There’s a risk this will exacerbate our city’s air quality problems, and many local residents have expressed concerns about the potential use of palm oil, as world demand for this product is contributing to rainforest destruction.

– Councillor Pete West, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability committee

They added:

We are urging Adur District Council, with the support of the Port Authority to find ways of ensuring that only officially recognised, and genuinely sustainably produced renewable fuels would be used.”

– Councillor Pete West, Brighton and Hove

Air pollution concerns for biofuel plant

Artist's impression of the proposed power station Credit: Edgeley Green Power

Protesters are expected to gather tonight at a meeting to discuss plans for a new biofuel plant outside Brighton and Hove.

The £20million power station in Shoreham will run on plant oils and animal fats. However, concerns have been raised over air pollution and the smell it could cause.

A planning application for the plant, which could provide electricity for 18,000 homes, will be considered at a meeting of Adur District Council at 7pm.

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