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Green Party calls on Babergh District Council to uphold carbon reduction pledge by rejecting plans for gas-fired power facility in Sudbury




Opponents to revised plans for a gas-fired power plant in Sudbury have called on Babergh District Council to uphold its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by rejecting the proposals.

A fresh planning application was submitted by Balance Power Projects Ltd last month, seeking permission to build a stand-by reserve energy generation facility on land north-east of Church Field Road.

The developer claims the facility would represent “sustainable development” and would support the transition to renewable energy by providing additional power during periods of high demand.

A bird's-eye-view of Skyview Systems on the Chilton Industrial Estate in Sudbury, and the vacant adjacent site where a gas-fired energy facility has been proposed. Contributed picture. (44535699)
A bird's-eye-view of Skyview Systems on the Chilton Industrial Estate in Sudbury, and the vacant adjacent site where a gas-fired energy facility has been proposed. Contributed picture. (44535699)

But the Babergh Green Party, in lodging it objections, said the district council must consider its obligations when making a decision on the plans, having previously acknowledged a climate emergency.

A letter co-signed by 14 party members reads: “Generation of electricity through the burning of gas, a fossil fuel, will not lead to a reduction in Britain’s carbon footprint and will not lead to zero carbon emissions by 2030, which Babergh has committed to.

“If this application were to be approved, it would show the residents of Babergh that the council is only paying lip-service to the idea of the environmental crisis, and that it is not really concerned about the well-being of its voting, council-tax paying public.

“Instead of relying on outdated 20th century sources of energy, the authority should be looking ahead for new, sustainable ways to provide power to Babergh residents.”