RECAP: 'Victory for the little people fighting the monster incinerator' as hearing adjourned

A planning hearing over the rejected bid for a controversial gasification plant in Wearside is taking place at the Stadium of Light.

Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 12:03 pm

Developers are hoping to overturn councillors’ decision to refuse planning permission for what they say is a ‘tried and tested’ technology which would help power Nissan and boost Sunderland’s economy.

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But objectors have raised a raft of concerns and will be making the case for the appeal to be thrown out.

Washington residents protest outside the planning hearing

'Monster incinerator': Planning appeal begins over gasification plant plans

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  • Developers are appealing against planning permission refusal
  • Objectors concerns include traffic, health, air quality and the safety
  • A planning inspector will listen to all sides before ruling on the appeal
  • The hearing, held at the Stadium of Light, is set to least eight days

Protestors gathering outside Stadium of Light

Objectors, joined by Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson, are gathering outside the Stadium of Light before the hearing begins to make their feelings known.

We're live at outside the stadium where protestors are gathering

MP Sharon Hodgson raised the issue with Boris Johnson in Parliament last week

Protestors are holding a rally outside the stadium ahead of the meeting, which starts at 10am

The council leader has addressed campaigners outside the stadium

We're outside the stadium, where objectors are making an impact before the hearing begins at 10am

MP Sharon Hodgson has addressed the crowd with a loudhailer

Protestors posing for photos ahead of the meeting

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