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Controversial plan for energy centre

Proposals for a gas-powered energy centre producing power and heat on land alongside Beverley Leisure Centre have drawn objections from residents concerned about its impact and has resulted in a pledge by ward councillors to challenge the detail of the plans when it goes before committee.

The application, on behalf of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is to create a separate energy centre on an area of grass to the south of the leisure centre, that will use gas to generate electricity and hot water. The water will then be distributed by a system of pipes to provide heating to the leisure centre, Beverley Minster buildings, County Hall as well as several social housing units.

The system, known as Gas CHP, achieves carbon savings by utilising both the heat and power from electrical generation from gas instead of electricity generated from fossil-fuel power generation where the heat is dumped to the atmosphere. The carbon savings after one year of full operation is estimated to be 269 tonnes of CO2.

Objectors say the plant is too close to homes, say the period of consultation is too short and that the information as presented is difficult to understand. They also claim the system of distribution of the heat would cause severe disruption in the town. 

Minster & Woodmansey councillors Kerri Harold, David Elvidge and Paul Nickerson say the plan to challenge the plans. Cllr Harold said: “We’re concerned about this proposal because there is a lack of information regarding the impact on local residents. It’s possible that it could affect the quality of life of local residents, especially those living around Minster Avenue and in other areas nearby.”