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Ham Hydro discussions put back
Controversial plans for a hydro-electricity project at Teddington Weir that could power hundreds of homes will not be considered this week.
Ham Hydro hopes to demolish a section of the weir to install three Archimedean screw turbines that will generate electricity for 600 homes in the area and save about 1,000-tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Power generated from the scheme, which will also include a new fish pass and sluice gate, will be sold to the national grid with profits going towards more low carbon projects in the community.
The scheme has been supported by MP’s Vince Cable and Zac Goldsmith but has also raised fears from neighbours, the Lensbury and Councillor Tony Arbour that it could ruin a scenic conservation area and cause noise misery.
More than 300 people have commented on the plans, which are available to see on Richmond Council’s website.
It was expected the council’s planning committee would come to a decision over the plans this week but the council said this was no longer the case, and a date has not yet been scheduled to hear the application.
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