Energy park gets go ahead

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COUNTY council planners have agreed to a £14million expansion to an energy and recycling park in Crowland – and said that any worries with the development can be controlled by planning conditions.

Organic Recycling is extending its operations at Decoy Farm, in Spalding Road, to add anaerobic digestion and a biomass boiler, which will allow the firm to recycle waste into compost and create electricity.

The plan was recommended for refusal by county council officers because of the large-scale of the development but members deferred it last month and recently gave it the green light.

The scheme has proven controversial for residents, who say that the existing site causes a smell that carries as far as Cowbit.

In passing the decision, the council said it would make an “important contribution” to green targets and stated: “Whilst the development is located within the open countryside, the impact of the buildings on the visual appearance and character of the countryside would be minimised by the landscape screening proposals.

“The development would not give rise to significant adverse environmental or amenity impacts which could not also be mitigated by the imposition of planning conditions and therefore it is considered that the proposed development is in accordance with the overall objectives and policies of the development plan.”

Organic Recycling says its proposal will create enough electricity to power more than 1,400 homes.

The Government has called for a greater use of anaerobic digestion to meet tougher targets on the amount of waste sent to landfill and combat climate change.

Organic Recycling’s Andrew Riddington said: “These technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing methane released by the decomposition of organic materials. The biogas can be used to generate heat and power, or potentially as a transport fuel.

“The treated material can be used as a fertiliser and soil conditioner.”