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Chippenham school boiler gets green light
A bid from Hardenhuish School to install a biomass boiler has been successful despite fears over noise, pollution and traffic problems.
Planning permission for the boiler to be installed to the south of the school’s science block was granted on August 21 in spite of the concerns raised by neighbours.
The boiler, which will burn wood pellets to create heat, will provide heating and hot water for the school’s science centre, its resources centre and the main Georgian House.
It will be installed as part of Wiltshire Council’s biomass programme, which will see biomass boilers installed in a number of schools.
David Mears lives at the back of the school in Long Ridings and said the traffic in the area was already the subject of complaints to Wiltshire Council.
He said: “A number of vehicles use Long Ridings and Ridings Mead as a rat run to avoid the traffic lights on Malmesbury Road, and a number of cars from Hardenhuish School are parked there during the day.”
Ann Hawkings, also of Long Ridings, said: “The movements in the vicinity of Long Ridings in relation to the school have changed quite considerably over the last five years, with the introduction of the wind turbine.
“The other delight we are subjected to is Brake Brothers or 3363 delivering to the canteen at 7.30am. When we came here the food was cooked on site. We feel we are now living alongside a small industrial estate, which seems to be growing year by year.”
A report prepared by planning officers said noise created by the boiler should not affect residents and it will produce “consistently low emissions” from the boiler although there could be some smoke when it first starts working. Wood pellet deliveries will be restricted to Monday to Friday, 4pm–6pm.
Hardenhuish has also offered to acoustically screen the area at a later date if deliveries affect neighbours.
Linda Stuart, business manager for the school, will meet Wiltshire Council representatives and their contractors in early September to plan the installation.
She said: “Hardenhuish School is very proud of its green credentials. We already have solar panels on our roof, and a wind turbine. We recently replaced some of our older boilers with more efficient modern boilers. Our aim is to become more efficient in the consumption of energy.”
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