26 June 2012
A surprise announcement late this afternoon by the applicants, Ayrshire Power, has delighted environmentalists, and means that a public inquiry planned for this autumn will now be cancelled.
Ayrshire Power, which is owned by Peel Energy, said it had taken the decision “due to the level of uncertainty surrounding the ability to secure the necessary financial investment to build the power station in the foreseeable economic climate.”
But the proposed power station also provoked over 22,000 objections and was facing an increasingly uphill struggle convincing decision-makers that it was justified or necessary - even with its partial plans to capture and store some its carbon pollution.
"Peel has finally seen sense over the most unpopular planning application ever in Scotland,” said Dr Richard Dixon, the director of WWF Scotland. “With the local community and North Ayrshire Council against it, and no chance of winning the public inquiry, walking away was the only sensible option.”