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Coal-fired power station plans backed

A Kent council has backed plans for the first coal-fired power station to be built in the UK in 20 years.

Energy giant E.ON UK wants to replace existing coal-powered units at Kingsnorth power station in Medway in a £1 billion scheme.

It would supply about 1.5 million homes with power and lead to a cut in carbon emissions of almost two million tons a year, the firm said.

Medway Council has welcomed the proposals but only holds an advisory role and the final decision will be made by the Government.