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Incinerator plans face challenge

Controversial plans to build an incinerator at Lough Neagh are to be challenged in the High Court in Belfast.

The Communities Against the Lough Neagh Incinerator (CALNI) group lodged judicial review papers after environment minister Edwin Poots said the Co Antrim plant should proceed.

The centre in Glenavy will create up to 400 construction jobs.

Residents believe other sites in industrial areas would better suit the development and have complained that no details of how the biomass power plant would be connected to the electricity grid have been published.

CALNI president Danny Moore said: "The minister's decision to approve Rose Energy's £100 million burnhouse on the shores of Lough Neagh at Glenavy does not mark the end of this process, but only the end of the beginning."

The development has met opposition from residents concerned about the impact on the rural landscape and communities near Lough Neagh.

Mr Poots, who approved the application, said he was fully aware of opposition and support for the power plant and had to judge between the benefits to the poultry industry and the economy and the potential adverse impact on local houses and landscape.

Mr Moore said: "CALNI has consistently warned Minister Poots and Planning Service that if they refused to afford the communities opposed to this planning application the opportunity to access information on the Planning Service file, access to Planning Service consultees and to hold a public inquiry, we would challenge them in the courts."

The planning application was submitted in June last year by Rose Energy Ltd. The site will burn poultry products and produce approximately 30 megawatts of electricity. Around 30 permanent jobs will be created.

The Environment Department received 6,342 letters and four petitions in support of the development and 6,733 letters and one petition opposed to it.

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