A JUDICIAL review will be pursued by Goring Parish Council over plans to build a hydro-electric power plant
A JUDICIAL review will be pursued by Goring Parish Council over plans to build a hydro-electric power plant near Goring lock.
The proposal, put forward by the village’s sustainability group, was granted planning permission last month but the parish council says it should have been refused.
It believes South Oxfordshire District Council assessed the scheme incorrectly and is applying to the High Court for a review.
Parish councillor John Wills, who chaired the meeting of the council’s weir committee on Monday night, said there had been a majority vote to pursue the review. He said the committee had to make a decision adding: “There’s always the option of backtracking and withdrawing. There’s a lot of feeling against the proposal. We’re pursuing a judicial review because we’re not happy with the way it was handled in the first place.”
About 100 people attended the meeting which followed an emergency meeting earlier this month where councillors voted unanimously to warn the planning authority of their intentions and offer one last chance for it to reverse the decision. This would not mean the plans were rejected but that the district council planning committee would have to reconsider. However, the district council insists the proper procedures were followed.
The sustainability group plans to build three Archimedes screws, each about 3.5m wide, across a stretch of water just north of Goring bridge.
These would be to the west of Goring lock island along with a turbine and generator. It is claimed that the scheme could produce 850 megawatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power almost 300 homes.