Relief as Sutton Bridge power station appeal deadline passes

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There was joy in Sutton Bridge this week when the final deadline passed for an appeal over the district council’s refusal of a gasifier power station at Wingland.

EnergyPark Sutton Bridge had its application refused by the South Holland council in April.

They had previously granted permission but did a U-turn after resident Shirley Giles won a judicial review in the High Court and quashed that consent.

Mrs Giles said she was “overjoyed” the deadline for the company to go to appeal, but pointed out they still have time to re-submit a planning application.

The former parish councillor is now part of a working party set up by Sutton Bridge Parish Council that’s fighting EDF’s plans for a multi-million, 1800MW combined-cyle power station on the banks of the Nene.

That fight already has the backing of the Walpole parish council and members are seeking support from parish councils in Tydd St Mary and Tydd St Giles.

If built, EDF B would have three stacks – while the existing gas-fired power station has two – and villagers are worried about potential combined emissions from both plants and those from other industries.