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