Giant Deeside power plant plans thrown out

Published date: 11 October 2012 |
Published by: Jennifer Meierhans
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An artist's impression of the converter station 

A MASSIVE converter station that threatened to dominate the Deeside skyline has been turned down for a second time.

Flintshire Council planners rejected revised plans from the National Grid for a 25-metre structure at Connah’s Quay Power Station in Kelsterton Road.

But the grid has already launched an appeal and maintains there are no other viable sites for “the most advanced converter station in the world”.

Many speakers directed the applicants to the Deeside Industrial Estate as a preferred site.

The development is part of the Western Link, a project to build one of the world’s longest undersea power cables to bring renewable energy from Scotland.

The planning committee first threw out the plans in February amid fears the giant structure would blight the landscape and cause noise. The grid came back with revised building dimensions it claimed were “less than half the size of the original”.

The latest plans included a curved roof, landscape screening and acoustic protection to prevent noise but objectors were not swayed.

Geoff Bennett spoke against the plans on behalf of residents. He said: “National Grid state they have addressed visual and noise impact by designing a wavy roof and putting a mound in front of the enormous building.

“We challenge their proposal as it in no way addresses the unmistakable fact that there will be a huge visual impact, 24/7 noise emission and potential health risk which is unacceptable.”

Mark Williams of National Grid said the new plans meant there would be no increase to background noise, even at night.

He added: “There is a real need for this converter station. We have come a long way since February. We want to be good neighbours.”

Cllr Paul Shotton said: “The height is an obstructive 75 feet high, albeit a reduction of 15 feet and would be a blot on the landscape. It is a large carbuncle, or should I say, a pretty large carbuncle with its fancy wavy design.

“Noise levels are still a concern as until the structure was built residents would not know what the noise levels were and then it would be too late.”

He added: “Residents implore National Grid as the good neighbour they profess to be to scrap these proposals and build the converter on Deeside Industrial Estate on the north side of the River Dee.”

A statement from National Grid and SP Transmission said: “The visual impact of the converter station was reduced significantly, and work was done to ensure noise from the converter station would be below background levels at nearby residential properties.

“The companies have already appealed to Welsh Government against the decision to refuse the earlier outline planning application. They had a statutory obligation to appeal because there are no other viable sites for the converter station.”

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  1. Posted by: wonderwho at 10:48 on 11 October 2012 Report

    Bet a £ to a penny it will in the end go ahead, people tend to forget the huge water towers and generating building that used to be there burning coal and sending steam into the air, wake up Connah,s Quay you live in an industrial area, move into the country if you do not like it !!!!!!

  2. Posted by: Dr Indahows at 12:04 on 11 October 2012 Report

    Pretty much echo the comments above, the reason the houses were built in the first place was to house workers of local industry that used much more unattractive buildings to carry out their activities. I hope a happy medium is found so that jobs can be secured without having an impact on people quality of life.

  3. Posted by: Dr Indahows at 12:21 on 11 October 2012 Report

    Pretty much echo the comments above, the reason the houses were built in the first place was to house workers of local industry that used much more unattractive buildings to carry out their activities. I hope a happy medium is found so that jobs can be secured without having an impact on people quality of life.

  4. Posted by: crowlands at 07:43 on 12 October 2012 Report

    I applaud FCC for once again refusing this planning Application. As for the Cooling Towers, that was then, this is now and a designated Industrial Park has been built for such a development to be housed. And to provide landscaping to reduce noise is an admittance that there would be noise. The obvious reluctance to build it across the river is for cost reasons, what about the cost to local residents?

  5. Posted by: wonderwho at 08:33 on 12 October 2012 Report

    Say your little bit Crowlands but the fact is they will now go to appeal (and win) and that will cost Flintshire another wedge of money that they cannot afford and also close public services while doing it Monty Pythons Circus comes to mind (and Flintshire could not run that)

  6. Posted by: crowlands at 15:29 on 13 October 2012 Report

    That might be the case wonderwho, but the local people have the right to object to a monstrosity being built in their back-yard. Let them appeal if they wish.

  7. Posted by: hangmansknotinn at 22:28 on 13 October 2012 Report

    They don't like progress in Flintshire. They prefer joblessness and sink estates that rely on government money.

  8. Posted by: stapler12 at 01:21 on 14 October 2012 Report

    It seems the tiny minority of Flintshire not high on drugs or living in the country are complete are utter NIMBYists. Shame really. The area is a dump anyway.

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