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Client Peel Energy
Turley office Manchester
Status Planning permission granted
LPA Trafford Council

Generating enough electricity for 37,000 homes

Our role

  • Turley was appointed to project manage the preparation and submission of a planning application for a new biomass fuelled renewable energy plant adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford.
  • We provided strategic planning advice and led the preparation of an Environmental Statement to support the application.
  • We were a member of the team involved in the community consultation and engagement.


  • The planning application was refused against the advice of council officers.
  • One of the reasons for refusal was the community perception that the proposal would generate significant health impacts. A planning inquiry was subsequently held and we provided expert witness evidence in respect of planning matters including robustly responding to the public perception of health impacts.
  • The scheme was granted planning permission through the appeal but was subsequently challenged by the council.
  • Turley successfully supported the legal team which defended the granting of planning permission at the Court of Appeal.


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