The proposal is to develop the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant on the site of the old coal-fired Carrington Power Station that was demolished in 1991.

Trafford Power Station will also be located alongside another newly consented gas-fired power station, the 860MW Carrington Energy Centre, that gained planning approval in 2008 and which will supply electricity to the National Grid from 2013.

Mike Benson, project director at Carlton Power, the company behind the Trafford Power Station proposal, said: “The UK needs a new phase of energy generation development to replace national power generation capacity that will be lost shortly with the impending closure of so many older coal and nuclear power stations.”

“Trafford Power Station will be able to supply electricity to over one and a half million homes in the region. The decision by Trafford’s Planning Committee sends out a clear signal that the need for new power generation is understood very well in the North West.”

A final decision about whether to grant planning consent to Trafford Power Station will be taken by the Government’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).