Bulwell Energy Park neighbour voices fears over flooding

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A Bulwell resident has spoken about his fears of flooding as a potential result of the £50m plan for Bulwell Energy Park.

Roy Spiers, who lives close to the proposed site, told a meeting that despite a claim that the area was only a ‘one in 1,000’ flood risk, his home had been flooded out twice.

“I can’t get answers from Severn Trent Water about where the surface water would go,” he said.

Steve Martin, from the project applicants, Chinook, said there would be a water treatment plant on the site.

Mr Spiers also called for his windows to be double-glazed because of noise from the energy park.

Mr Martin said he would look into the request but acoustic measures would ensure a low decibel level.

Chinook, which recently won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation, has amended its original plan to build the plant north of Blenheim Lane.

The company had originally proposed to deal with 30,000 tonnes of waste a year but the figure has now been increased to 160,000 tonnes.

This is due to a shortfall in processing capacity across the East Midlands.

A debate about the proposals took place during the monthly meeting of Rufford Tenants and Residents Association.

Mr Martin said Chinook had developed and delivered 16 similar plants worldwide and there had been no environmental infringement from any of them.

In answer to a question by Nigel Lee, of Friends of the Earth, Mr Martin said Chinook was working closely with the Environment Agency to obtain the required licence.