Council takes enforcement action over Barry Biomass Plant
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has agreed that enforcement action can be taken over planning concerns relating to the Biomass Gasification Plant in Barry.
A legal enforcement notice will require the plant and all buildings are removed from the land.
The move was unanimously decided at a meeting of the Authority’s Planning Committee after plant owners failed to resolve inconsistencies between the design and what has been built.
Features including water tanks, machinery, an external conveyor and a substation were not shown on approved plans.
In combination, the Council believes this represents a breach of planning permission, and a comprehensive application including the above has not been submitted.
Should Barry Biomass appeal this decision, the matter will be dealt with by the Planning Inspectorate.
Cllr Eddie Williams, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Legal, Planning and Regulatory Services, said: “I’m fully aware of the strength of feeling regarding this plant locally and the nature of residents’ concerns.
“The original planning application to erect a plant at Barry Docks was refused by the Council in 2010, but that decision was overturned on appeal by a Welsh Government-appointed Inspector.
“However, the development has not progressed in the manner agreed and, sadly, despite a long-running dialogue, this appears the only way to get certain issues resolved.”