Bristol City Council To Decide On Gas Generator in St Philip’s Marsh

Bristol City Council Gas Generator Decision:

Bristol City Council will decide next week, whether to allow a standby gas generator to be located in St Philip’s Marsh.

The development at Philip Street Scrapyard in Lawrence Hill Ward, has been contentious, attracting a ‘high number’ of public objections. Bristol residents are concerned that the generator will negatively affect the quality of air and sound as well as impact upon the education of young children at nearby St Philip’s Marsh Nursery School.

The site is located 50m from an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and has so far attracted 267 objections.

The council has received objections from Ward Councillors and MPs, neighbourhood groups, staff and parents at St Philips Marsh Nursery, Residents Against Dirty Energy (RADE), Totterdown Residents Association, Bristol Civic Society and the Academy Trust taking over the Meriton School site.

Objecting to the proposals, Thangam Debbonaire commented: ‘I object to this application as noise and air pollution from the power plant will have a negative effect on the area. The area already sees some of the worst noise pollution in the city due to the nearby placement of Bristol Temple Meads train station and the associated rail noise. In addition to this the residential areas that are located near to the proposed power plant see a high level of air
pollution that this development would only make worse.’

She also noted that Lawrence Hill and Barton Hill already suffer from ‘health inequalities and reduced lifespan’. She  said that Bristol should be leading the way in ‘genuinely clean and renewable energy’ and tackling the ‘dangerous levels of air pollution’ in the city.

MP Kerry McCarthy objected on grounds of air pollution, commenting: ‘In Bristol over 300 deaths a year can be attributed to air pollution. Residential areas near to this development in Lawrence Hill and Brislington are regularly exposed to levels of air pollution which are unsafe and illegal. The area already suffers extremely poor air quality with local monitors recording dangerous levels of particulate matter and nitrous dioxide (NO2).’

The application by Conrad Energy, is on the agenda for the Development Control A Committee, which meets this week on Wednesday 15 May at 1pm.

Bristol residents are able to submit statements ahead of the meeting until noon on Tuesday 14 May.

For more information about the planning application, visit: https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/documents/s31988/1.18.05628.F%20-%20Philip%20Street%20Scrapyard.pdf

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