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Alex plans public meeting on controversial power station project

A controversial proposal to build a large power station on farm land on the outskirts of Thorpe Thewles will be the subject of a public meeting on Friday arranged by Stockton North Labour MP, Alex Cunningham.

Local people are upset at the proposals and concerned about the impact of the building at High Middlefield Farm on their homes and the environment and have inundated Alex and the local planning authority with objections.

The company behind the proposal to develop the power station is Stateria Energy Limited and they have chosen the site due to its close proximity to a connection point for the National Grid.  They hope that if granted planning permission, they can bid to provide electricity direct to the Grid.

The public meeting will be held in Grindon Parish Hall at 7.15pm on Friday 14th October and the man behind the proposal, Oliver Troup, will outline the details and answer questions.  A senior officer from the Planning Authority will also attend.

Alex said: 

“I have received more objections to this project than any other over the last six years and was concerned to hear some local people said they had seen no details about what was proposed for the farm and what it would mean to their local area and the environment.

“I’m therefore very pleased that the company and the planning authority have agreed to send representatives to the meeting on Friday evening to provide local people with an opportunity of learning more about the project, answer their questions and listen to their views.”

The Planning Committee are due to discuss the application on Wednesday 19th October and local people will have another opportunity then to give their views.