ENVIRONMENT chiefs have binned an application to for a huge chicken litter incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh.
On Friday, the Department of the Environment announced it rejeccted an application for the incinerator near Glenavy.
Rose Energy wanted to build a £100m biomass burner, which would have used poultry litter and meat and bone meal as fuel.
The poultry industry lobbied strongly in favour of the project but locals fought a long campaign against it.
Now the DoE has issued its planning decision, refusing approval for it.
Having inspected the area himself, it is understood Environment Minister Alex Attwood felt the infrastructure was not adequate to support such a large scale development.
Rose Energy had argued that it would generate a third of Northern Ireland’s target for green energy as well as providing a significant economic boost injecting millions of pounds into the local economy.
The decision is being seen as a major blow to the industry and a huge loss of investment for Co Antrim.