Welsh biomass plant plans in limbo

A council vote on a proposed new biomass facility near Wrexham, Wales has been deferred ahead of a site visit.

There have been concerns that the new facility, to be constructed by wood panel product producers Kronospan in the town of Chirk, would have a negative impact on local tourist attractions.

Wrexham mayor Ian Roberts convinced fellow committee councillors to both visit the Kronospan site and see a similar plant in nearby Deeside before casting any votes on its future.

A Kronospan statement reveals that the biomass plant would secure 600 jobs while providing renewable electricity and heat created by on-site woodwaste .

The concerns, which have been documented in a report by the head of community and well-being at Wrexham council, include fears over visual impact, increased noise levels, potential foul odours and its close proximity to Chirk Castle in particular.

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