Mendlesham plant appeal now to be heard in public

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The appeal over a £100 million straw-fired power station in Mendlesham is set to be heard in public following a U-turn from the Planning Inspectorate.

Councillors at Mid Suffolk District Council refused planning permission in July of last year, going against officers’ recommendations to approve the development.

The Planning Inspectorate received an appeal over the decision from developers, Eco2, in January, with the appeal due to be heard in writing. But the appeal will now be heard via a hearing.

Dr Andrew Toft, Director of Projects said: “All we want is for an Inspector to take an independent look at the decision made by the Council last July, given that this went against the recommendation of its own expert planning officers. If the Inspectorate has decided that this requires a hearing then so be it. We are more than happy to make our case.”

The proposed station, which the developers say would generate 300 million units of green energy a year - enough to power 65,000 homes - would create 200 jobs at the height of the development’s construction.