A council planning officer used his nose rather than a smell-o-meter to measure the pong from an anaerobic digestion plant similar to one planned for Adam’s Farm in Common Drove, Crowland.
Coun Christine Lawton asked about the smell-o-meter, but Mark Simmonds, who used only his nose, said: “We stood right by the plant. There was quite a strong, pungent smell – but once you walked about 30 metres away the smell virtually vanished.”
There was quite a strong, pungent smell – but once you walked about 30 metres away the smell virtually vanished.Planning officer Mark Simmonds
South Holland’s planning committee passed plans for the plant, which will be fed by rye grass and maize to produce 250kw of electricity and 281kw of heat.
Objections from residents included fears about odours, but the planning officer’s report said no properties were close enough to be “materially adversely affected”.
Electricity generated will be used for drying grain on the farm while some is exported to the grid. Waste heat will be used in the digestion process and to dry the resultant digestate.
Councillors unanimously passed the plan.