PLANS for a controversial power station in Southall have gone up in smoke.
The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles this week announced that planning permission for the construction of a biofuels plant at the site of the old gasworks in The Straight had been rejected.
The announcement follows months of heated debate, including a public inquiry in Ealing at which the council, environmental campaigners and members of the public gave evidence.
Critics believed the facility would create noise, disruption and affect air quality in the area.
Eve Turner, the chairwoman of protest group Save Our Southall, said: "This is excellent news. We were starting to believe developers thought they could get away with anything in Southall. Congratulations to all those who put so much time into stopping this plan to pollute our area."
She added, however, that Southall was still in danger of over-development due to Mayor of London Boris Johnson's decision to approve plans for at least 2,000 homes at the gasworks.
She said: "The major threat to Southall is still the huge housing development on the same site and the community is looking desperately to Ealing Council to legally challenge Boris Johnson."
Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: "It's good the planning inspector recognised the concerns of local people and local councillors fought hard against the proposal, so this is good news for everyone."
Energy group Blue-NG, behind the plans, said it was disappointed, but would read the Communities Secretary's report before deciding on their next move.
Chief executive Andrew Mercer said: "We have a low-carbon, decentralised and sustainable energy generation process which is in total alignment with UK government policies. Our first plant is being built close to the Olympic park and we were keen to bring the technology to west London.
"Southall was chosen after very careful consideration and both the borough's environmental health officers had no issue with our very low emissions project."