£7.5m power station gets go-ahead in New Forest

£7.5m power station gets go-ahead

£7.5m power station gets go-ahead

First published in New Forest

PLANS to build a £7.5m power station have been given the go-ahead in a move that will help secure more than 100 jobs.

The award-winning Double H Nurseries has received consent to construct a biomass plant that will heat the huge greenhouses by burning 20,000 tonnes of waste wood products a year.

Bosses at the company say the scheme will cut costs, making the business more competitive, as well as reducing the site’s carbon footprint.

The combined heat and power plant will be 30 metres long and 12 metres high, making it taller than the glasshouses.

The scheme also includes an 18-metre high chimney.

Plans to construct the new complex on green belt land off Gore Road, New Milton, were submitted to Hampshire County Council earlier this year.

The application said the site’s current heating system used gas and oil, both of which were becoming increasingly scarce and expensive.

It added: “As professional growers, the owners and management of Double H Nurseries are very aware of the effects of global warming and the influence of CO2 levels on our environment.

“They are keen to become actively involved in efforts to slow global warming and preserve fossil fuels for future generations.”

Now the scheme has been approved by council’s regulatory committee.

A report to members said: “The proposal would help secure the viability of the business, which has to compete with imports from abroad, whilst also securing the employment of a significant number of staff.”

The report acknowledged that the site was on green belt land but said the scheme was considered acceptable within the exceptions allowed.

David Stevenson, a director of Double H Nurseries, said: “We’re delighted with the decision, which will create long-term security for the business and the 110 people who work here.”

The scheme coincides with plans to build a £300m biomass plant in Southampton docks.

Helius Energy changed the original design after an avalanche of objections but the latest proposals have also come under fire from residents and politicians.

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10:56am Fri 1 Jun 12

The Wickham Man says...

Good.
Good. The Wickham Man
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11:59am Fri 1 Jun 12

The Music Man says...

Great
Great The Music Man
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1:24pm Fri 1 Jun 12

MisterGrimsdale says...

Nice
Nice MisterGrimsdale
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3:46pm Fri 1 Jun 12

mellowdude says...

biomass ftw
biomass ftw mellowdude
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3:58pm Fri 1 Jun 12

hythe knights says...

Hope the jobs go to local english people.
Hope the jobs go to local english people. hythe knights
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4:27pm Fri 1 Jun 12

SotonLad says...

hythe knights wrote:
Hope the jobs go to local english people.
Go away, you're getting boring now!
[quote][p][bold]hythe knights[/bold] wrote: Hope the jobs go to local english people.[/p][/quote]Go away, you're getting boring now! SotonLad
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4:43pm Fri 1 Jun 12

hythe knights says...

SotonLad wrote:
hythe knights wrote:
Hope the jobs go to local english people.
Go away, you're getting boring now!
What is wrong with giving the jobs to the local community instead of importing more guests over.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hythe knights[/bold] wrote: Hope the jobs go to local english people.[/p][/quote]Go away, you're getting boring now![/p][/quote]What is wrong with giving the jobs to the local community instead of importing more guests over. hythe knights
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6:02pm Fri 1 Jun 12

Barkered says...

hythe knights wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
hythe knights wrote:
Hope the jobs go to local english people.
Go away, you're getting boring now!
What is wrong with giving the jobs to the local community instead of importing more guests over.
I wonder how local your DNA is? - If it's from as gene pool as narrow as your opinions, I guess that would explain your lack of insight.
[quote][p][bold]hythe knights[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hythe knights[/bold] wrote: Hope the jobs go to local english people.[/p][/quote]Go away, you're getting boring now![/p][/quote]What is wrong with giving the jobs to the local community instead of importing more guests over.[/p][/quote]I wonder how local your DNA is? - If it's from as gene pool as narrow as your opinions, I guess that would explain your lack of insight. Barkered
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10:35am Sat 2 Jun 12

MisterGrimsdale says...

Super
Super MisterGrimsdale
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3:47pm Sat 2 Jun 12

Linesman says...

Now all we need is for the one at Millbrook to get the go-ahead.
Now all we need is for the one at Millbrook to get the go-ahead. Linesman
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