Belfast Telegraph

Chicken incinerator challenge on hold

A legal challenge to a planned chicken waste incinerator in Co Antrim has been put on hold until the Environment Minister makes his final determination on the scheme.

Edwin Poots is expected to decide whether to issue a notice of opinion on the proposed power plant at Glenavy or to call a public inquiry.

Judicial review proceedings brought at the High Court by a group opposed to the facility have now been adjourned until his intentions are confirmed.

The Campaign Against Lough Neagh Incinerator (CALNI) launched its challenge after Mr Poots issued a draft indication of his intention to approve planning for an incinerator he has said will create up to 30 permanent jobs.

The multi-million pound plant would use chicken waste to produce electricity.

But the plans by Rose Energy, a group backed by poultry producers, has met opposition from local residents, who say the facility will blight Glenavy's rural landscape and the natural beauty of the Lough Neagh area.

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