Vale of Glamorgan Council update regarding Barry Docks gasification plant
Now the gasification plant is moving on to the next stage of commissioning, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is responsible for regulating any activities covered by the Environmental Permit. This includes commissioning and normal operation as well as associated wood fuel storage.
Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Shared Regulatory Services (SRS) will continue to regulate matters relating to nuisance from activities not covered in the permit, such as light pollution and construction noise.
Following consultation with NRW and the Operator, the Council is not aware of any evidence to suggest the plant’s emissions are cause for public health concern. However, in an effort to reassure residents, the Council will acquire and install automated air quality monitoring sensors at specific locations around the biomass facility as soon as possible.
Any residents who are affected by light pollution or construction noise at night should contact SRS on 0300 123 66 96 (during office hours) or C1V@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk.
The Council’s Planning Enforcement Team is also continuing to monitor the works and operations being carried out at the site. To date, it has not been appropriate to take any formal action. The Council is currently considering an application relating to a fire tank, building and relocation of parking at the plant. This has been the subject of extensive consultation and will be reported to Planning Committee for determination in due course. The Council will continue to pay close attention to the situation and should it be necessary, swift enforcement action will be taken.
Welsh Government has advised they are minded to direct that the planning application should be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The Council is currently awaiting the outcome of discussions between Welsh Government and the applicant over the requirement for this, a situation which has delayed the decision-making process.
If Welsh Government indicates an EIA is required, it will be necessary for the applicant to undertake and prepare an Environmental Statement. A full consultation process would then follow before any recommendation is made to the Planning Committee.
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