Following a campaign involving local residents, councillors and both local MPs, the planning application to build a power plant on canal-side land in Audenshaw has been officially withdrawn by energy firm UK Power Reserve Ltd.
The planned development would have seen the construction of an electricity plant with up to fourteen generators. The planning documents suggested that the generators could have had 40ft-high ‘exhaust stacks’.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“This is a stunning victory for Audenshaw. The mobilisation of local people against these plans is what forced the company to back down.
“It shows what we can achieve if we put our minds to it. I will be pushing for this land to be put to much better use.”
Cllr Teresa Smith, Audenshaw, said:
“The former Robertson’s Jam Site is a prime piece of land, and I will be happy to work with anybody who wants to put it to good use – but this was a totally unsuitable development.
“It would have hit property prices and I find it difficult to believe that billowing exhaust fumes wouldn’t have hit people’s health too.
“This result shows what the people of Audenshaw can achieve when we put our minds to it.”