Climate emergency council rejects plans for 20 gas-fired electricity generators

A Devon council has rejected plans for the construction of a 40 megawatt gas-fired power plant, against its own planner's advice, due to its commitment to promote the use of renewables.

Last week, East Devon District Council councillors refused the proposed gas-fired plant, near Woodbury, which would have housed “20 self-contained natural gas engine driven electricity generators”. 

The council invoked strategy 39 of its local plan as grounds for refusing the plans put forward by developers Plutus Energy ltd, which states the authority’s commitment to promoting the use of renewables and low carbon energy. 

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