Delight for Extinction Rebellion campaigners as Devon council refuses new gas plant

Environmental campaigners say they are 'delighted' after councillors in Devon threw out plans for a new gas power plant on the basis that it contradicted their policy of declaring a 'climate emergency'.

After a colourful protest outside South Hams District Council headquarters on Wednesday, members rejected the proposal for the facility off the A38 in Ivybridge.

Last year the council was one of many to declare a 'climate emergency', saying work would begin to reduce the region's carbon footprint. This is now formally written into the area's planning policy.

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It was a very clear result, virtually unanimous, and I'm delighted that the council, having declared a climate emergency, is now walking its talk. I think the national campaign influenced the councillors. It's coming through at all levels, globally, nationally, regionally, everybody is pushing in the same direction to find serious solutions to the climate crisis.

Robert Vint, Extinction Rebellion Totnes

We're delighted and so amazed by South Hams council, they've done a fantastic job taking the climate emergency declaration really seriously, so that's fantastic.

Sophie Phillips, South Dartmoor Community Energy

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This plot of land, just off the A38 at Ivybridge, is where the plant would have been built. Credit: ITV News

I thought it was a really good and interesting debate, a lot of good points were made, obviously we're disappointed with the outcome but we also understand the sentiment. I think at its heart there's a conflict between national need for firm, flexible power generation like we're proposing and local policy around the climate emergency.

Chris Shears, Conrad Energy