Peel Energy said it will "consider the findings" in the planning authority's written reasons for refusing permission for a biomass incinerator in Trafford on Thursday evening.
Trafford councillors voted unanimously against the planning application for the 20MW Barton Renewable Energy Plant in Davyhulme. Officers at the council had earlier recommended the plant for approval saying there were no relevant objections, although a petition organised by objectors attracted 5,000 signatures from local residents. Air quality has been the main source of concern locally, with Peel strongly refuting claims from local campaigners.
Peel said the plant would have been "capable of generating enough low carbon electricity to meet the needs of up to 37,000 homes. It would utilise approximately 200,000 tonnes of biomass annually, with much of the fuel comprising waste wood diverted from landfill."
Following the planning committee's decision, Jon England, Peel Energy's project manager, said: "We are disappointed that the planning committee has seen fit to turn down the expert evidence placed before it. The recommendation for approval was very clear. The proposal accords with national and local planning policy and a number of other similar proposals have gained planning consent elsewhere recently.
"We realise that applications like these are not easy. However, modern and reliable power plants are required if the UK is to meet its renewable energy targets, avoid valuable resources going into landfill and to keep the lights on.
"We will now take some time to consider the findings of the committee's official written report before deciding on our next course of action."