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Plans rejected for Sheffield's biomass power plant

Plans for a biomass composting plant on an old aerodrome site in Sheffield have been rejected.

The scheme had been recommended for approval but earlier, councillors threw out the plans.

Sheffield Council planning board said the plant on the old Norton aerodrome site in Sheffield was an "inappropriate development for greenbelt land".

The plant, which had been recommended for approval, would have an impact on residents' amenities, the council said.

Councillor Alan Law said he had voted against the scheme for a variety of reasons.

'Massive opposition'

"Nobody objects to what they're trying to do in principle," he said.

"It's just, is it in the right place, so close to residential properties, a school, a place for vulnerable old people?"

He said there had been "massive opposition" for health reasons and because the land was on greenbelt land.

"There was a feeling that this could be the thin end of the wedge," said Mr Law.

Mr Law said he hoped council planning officers would work with Green Estate, the company who wanted to run the plant, to find another suitable site.

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