Latest: Plans for Ballynakelly waste plant pulled from council meeting

A conerned Ballynakelly resident Trevor Stratton points to the "Say No to the Biodigester Plant Here" sign.INTT5014-329
A conerned Ballynakelly resident Trevor Stratton points to the "Say No to the Biodigester Plant Here" sign.INTT5014-329

Following a meeting with the district’s head of planning last Friday, the Times can confirm that CAD plant plans which were to be considered at Monday night’s meeting of Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council, were pulled from the agenda.

It is understood this happened in order to give planners time to consider points raised during the meeting in relation to the plant’s proximity to its source material.

Four Ballynakelly residents along with Lord Morrow and DUP Councillor Clement Cuthbertson met with Chris Boomer at Magherafelt council offices at 2.30pm on Friday.

The meeting, which spanned two hours, gave the group a chance to state their objections to the 500kw CAD plant.

It also drew Mr Boomer’s attention to a reply Lord Morrow received from Environment Minister Mark H Durkan following an Assembly question on “restrictions on where a [CAD] plant can be located”.

“They didn’t know whether it was policy or guidance,” said a resident who was at the meeting.

“We put across our concerns about pollution, noise and traffic impact. We would still be of the opinion that it has a vision impact on the village itself.”

He went on to tell the Times, that he left the meeting with the impression the application would not be considered at Monday’s meeting of Dungannon Council to give planners the chance “to verify what was meant by the Minister” in his reply to Lord Morrow. And whether “it is policy”.

Cllr Cuthbertson, who has been helping residents of Ballynakelly in their fight against the CAD plant, said: “The senior planner [will] go away and look at the issues we have raised.

“Personally, I think we did give enough evidence that he would have to go through the whole decision making process again.”