plans for a new power station in Leamington look set to be approved despite fierce local
Carlton Power has applied for planning permission to build a gas turbine power station
just north of Tachbrook Park, but the project has met with protests from two schools, a
sports club and local residents.
Warwick District Council was due to make a decision this week, but has delayed any
action until they have visited the proposed site.
However, John Edwards, the councils head of development control believes
permission for the development will be granted.
"There has been a number of letters of concern, but we have looked into all of the
objections they have raised and we are satisfied that the applicants have taken the
necessary measures to ensure there are no adverse effects.
"Undoubtedly the development will have an impact, but the question is how much
impact. It is not the sort of major power station that is going to take over the
electricity supply for the town, its a modest facility that will top up the
businesses in that area.
"We are quite satisfied that the running of the plant will be safe, there will be
emissions to the atmosphere but they are well below the acceptable level for that type of
If allowed, the station will lie directly across the playing fields from St
Patricks Primary School leaving headmistress Veronica Jessamine concerned. She said:
"We are concerned about the noise from the development. There will be continuous
high frequency noise and even at low levels this can be heard and as childrens
hearing is more acute it could affect them.
"We are concerned about the pollution - not the fact that the area will be used
for industrial purposes, we are used to that."
Among the other objectors are Kingsway Primary School and AP Sports and Social Club who
have presented a petition to the council about the plans.
If the station goes ahead then the 50-year-old sports club faces an uncertain future as
its clubhouse stands on the proposed site.