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Medway approves coal-fired power station

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Medway Council has approved plans to build the first coal-fired power station in Britain for more than 30 years, despite criticism from environmental campaigners.

Medway Council's development control committee voted last night (2 January) to raise no objections to a£1bn power project.

If the project is given the green light by John Hutton MP, the secretary of state for business, enterprise and regulatory reform, two coal-fired electricity generating units will be built at Kingsnorth, on the Hoo Peninsula, by German energy giant E.On.

However, Greenpeace claims the station will jeopardise Britain’s attempts to hit targets to reduce carbon emissions.

Robin Cooper, the council’s director of regeneration and development, said: “This is one of the largest planning applications Medway has ever dealt with. Councillors visited the site and carefully took into consideration all the issues before coming to a decision.

“It is now up to central government to decide whether to give consent for this power station.”

An E.On spokesperson said that the project would see the introduction of new technology that would produce power from coal more efficiently and cleanly than in the past.

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