Havering data centre: Plans for east London scheme trigger fury

Havering data centre: Plans for east London scheme trigger fury

He said: “The data centre will take between 10 and 12 years to build, and the impact of lorries during construction will be intolerable in these quiet country lanes.

“The impact on the site, if it is built, would also be unacceptable.

“Instead of farmland, there will be a large number of warehouse-sized buildings, containing banks of computers, batteries, cooling systems, backup power sources, and more equipment.”

He added if the development was allowed, it would set a precedent.

“We would then lose more and more of our green belt,” he said.

He questioned when “creeping industrialisation” of the countryside would stop.

The group has challenged the council about the site’s environmental credentials, raising concerns it will need “tremendous” amounts of electricity and water.

If it gets the green light, the scheme will be powered by a substation in Warley, Essex, which some have argued would constitute a reliance on fossil fuels.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c4nn52nvvljo

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