People living and working in an area near the Bedfordshire villages of Stewartby and Marston Moretaine are encouraged to have their say on proposals for a new gas-fired power station, at Rookery South Pit.
• 35-day statutory public consultation starts 29th May
• 13,500 leaflets mailed to local homes and businesses
• Public exhibitions to be held: 9th to 13th June
The Millbrook Power project, first announced in 2014, could see millions of pounds invested in the local economy. It will support around 150 jobs during construction and create a number of full-time, skilled jobs when operational as well as procuring goods and services from the local area.
The rapid response gas power station will not be running all the time. Instead it will be used to provide system support, firing up quickly at times when the country’s need for electricity is greatest. This includes at times of system stress, to plug the gaps when sufficient intermittent renewable power isn’t available, such as when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining.
Millbrook Power, now owned by Drax Group, is hosting public exhibitions about its plans in Marston Moretaine, Stewartby, Ampthill and Lidlington from June 9 to 13, as part of a 35-day period of statutory public consultation. The company would like to hear people’s views on the project and the findings of its Preliminary Environmental Information Report.
Nick Johnson, Project Manager for Millbrook Power said: “Many people in the area are aware of our project, as it was first announced in 2014, but the forthcoming period of public consultation is an important part of the development process.
“We want people, in particular those who have moved into the area over the past two to three years, to be fully aware of our revised plans and the efforts we have made to minimise the project’s impact on the local environment, both during its construction and operation.”
The revised proposals include:
• An underground electricity connection, avoiding the need for additional overhead lines and transmission towers.
• A single generating turbine, which requires one 35m high chimney stack, instead of the five turbines and stacks 40m high, previously considered.
New photomontages of the power plant from various local viewpoints will be on show at the exhibitions.
People living within 5km of the site will receive a leaflet about the project and the consultation period, with a freepost feedback form to provide comments.
Subject to public consultation and planning consent, the power station at Rookery South Pit could be operational in 2022.