Mendlesham power station saga ends as developer withdraws appeal

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A long-running saga to bring a £100 million straw-fired power station to north Suffolk appears to have ended after the developer withdrew its appeal.

Eco2 proposed to build the station on land just off the A140 in Mendlesham, and said it would have generated 300 million units of green energy a year - enough to power 65,000 homes - and created 200 jobs at the height of the development’s construction.

The company said there is now insufficient time to finance the project under the current funding arrangements for renewable energy projects of that type.

A spokesperson for Eco2 told the Diss Express: “The closure of the Renewables Obligation and uncertainty over ‘Contracts for Differences’ on dedicated biomass projects following an overhaul in the electricity market has made projects like the Mendlesham renewable energy project a much less attractive investment.”

Dr Andrew Toft, director of projects at Eco2 said: “I’m personally very sorry to be missing the opportunity to explain, again, why this project would be good for Suffolk and not the threat that opponents claimed.

“But we have to accept the time constraints and move on.”

A number of individuals, groups and businesses had raised concerns over the plans, with worries over straw availability, the impact on traffic and the overall effect on the surrounding landscape.

Green Party district councillor Andrew Stringer said: “We are quite glad they are withdrawing because we agreed with Biofuelwatch’s assessment of the application that it was unsustainable in its current form.

“Everyone assumes that a Green Party councillor would be renewable energy whatever the cost. We have to consider the merits.”