“It’s like Hemel’s own Battersea Power Station”

The proposed power station in Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead
The proposed power station in Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead

A national electricity company has submitted an application to build 14 generators, each with 12m-high chimneys, which has prompted outcry from local residents.

UK Power Reserve (UKPR) have submitted the plans for the ‘small scale electricity generation plant’ next to the tip on Eastman Way, Hemel Hempstead, to Dacorum Borough Council (DBC).

A nearby resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I did receive a ‘consultation’ letter – however as there was no detail of what was actually involved, or what the planning application was really for I, like everyone else who was consulted, did not take too much notice of it.

“It is only now a new letter has dropped through my door that I have looked up the planning application online.

“To my horror, it seems that Battersea Power Station’s little brother is coming to Hemel.”

If it gets the go-ahead, the 0.27 hectare plant will offer a provision of ‘standby electricity’ for the National Grid with an output of 20MW each day.

View the application (4/01720/15/ful) online here.