POWER station proposals that saw more than 400 objections have been rejected by city council planners following civic chiefs declaring a climate emergency.

The news comes after plans were submitted last summer to build a gas-powered facility on land next to Locks Farm, in Botley Road, Bishop’s Waltham, that would have acted as a standby facility for the next 25 years.

However, it proved hugely controversial, with 412 letters of objection, compared to just two letters of support.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery also said he had “deep concerns” over the accuracy of some data submitted by agents Enzygo.

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He added: “They raise particular worries about the accuracy of the noise assessment... the process of acoustic testing in this case has clearly been flawed.”

Outlining his reasons for refusal, council planning officer Robert Green said in a report: “There is no justification for the use of this countryside site for this purpose and furthermore it has been demonstrated that the development would be harmful to human health and wellbeing.

“Central to this are the harmful inaccuracies and uncertainty regarding the noise and air quality assessments.

“The council has declared a climate emergency and the development would be contrary to the council’s aims over climate change.”

Bishop’s Waltham Parish Council added: “The proposal would likely result in unacceptable pollution, resulting in adverse health or quality of life impacts.”

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Reacting to the refusal, Facebook group Bishop’s Waltham against Power Station posted: “[The developer] made no attempt to engage any of the local residents or community in their plans. There has also been overwhelming support from the community in terms of writing letters, providing contacts to experts, attending meetings, helping with publicity and contributing to the funding to pay for some of the expert reports.

“Unfortunately, this may not be the end. The developer has the right to take the case to the Secretary of State with an appeal. We hope that we have provided overwhelming evidence why this power station in this location is absolutely wrong.”