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Joy as biomass burner in Christchurch is told to cease operations
CHRISTCHURCH residents are celebrating after a contentious application which has “ruined people’s lives” was thrown out last week.
A retrospective application by Interserve in Airfield Way, Somerford, to retain a biomass burner was turned down by planning committee councillors over concerns about the level of noise it created.
Neighbouring residents of Croft Road and Greenacres have been campaigning for nearly five years against the burner, claiming their homes are covered in dust and sticky particles.
They said there was a constant loud whine from the burner and expressed concerns their health was suffering as a result of its operation.
Speaking in support of residents, Grange Cllr Denise Jones said that she had been involved in the case for more than four years and during that time the company had “ruined people’s lives”.
Fellow ward Cllr Paul Hilliard pointed out that the trees closest to the burner had died, and this was a serious cause for concern.
The application was recommended for approval by officers who thought there was no material harm to nearby properties.
Officers concluded measures to control the noise met the requirements of environmental health officers, with levels of dust and fumes able to be controlled by further legislation.
However, councillors disagreed and the application was refused on the chairman’s casting vote.
David Jones, county councillor for Burton Grange said after the meeting: “The company has repeatedly been told that it needs a licence for its burner and it also needs planning permission.
“It was given six months to respond to concerns but it repeatedly flouted the conditions of the permission. I hope now that it respects the Committee’s decision and ceases to operate.”
No-one at Interserve was available for comment.