What next for Ironbridge Power Station?

What next for Ironbridge Power Station?

Harworth, the new owners are currently completing their initial technical due diligence and will be undertaking a private workshop in September with key local stakeholders including Councils, statutory bodies and technical experts prior to hosting a public consultation on-site.

Following this workshop, they will be inviting local residents and interested parties to attend a public consultation event on the 11th October 2018 to have their say on the site’s future.

The public consultation will take place at the site between 2:00pm and 7:00pm and they will be sending out more information on the event closer to the time.

Cllr Nicola Lowery, Borough Councillor for the Ironbridge Gorge said: “Since we embarked on discussions regarding the future of the Ironbridge Power Station, both I and neighbouring District Cllrs have reiterated the importance of undertaking meaningful consultation with stakeholders and our local community. From the recent meeting held with Harworth, it is clear that they are looking to work consultatively with stakeholders and the local community in shaping the future regeneration of the Ironbridge Power Station site.

I am extremely encouraged by Harworth’s recognition in the value of local knowledge and expertise in contributing to the successful transformation of the site, but also the wider area and the opportunities that could exist for the site to positively contribute to our local economy and communities.

“The Stakeholder Workshop will involve a series of technical workshops that will focus on area such as land use issues, opportunities and constraints, employment, wider connectivity, natural environment, community, heritage, tourism and certainly within this, I will be raising the impacts and opportunities that exist for the Ironbridge Gorge Worlds Heritage Site.

This meeting will be followed by a wider public consultation event in October and as mentioned in Harworth’s announcement today, more information will be released regarding this nearer the time.

“Whilst it is early days in determining the future use as Harworth are currently carrying out their own due diligence, I am very optimistic for the future and been very encouraged by Harworth’s proactive approach.

It is only by working together that we will achieve an iconic and sustainable regeneration scheme and I hope the consultation process will unlock the unparalleled potential of this site, which has the ability to greatly benefit and positively contribute to the local area, World Heritage site and our local economy.

Pic: Cllr N Lowery

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