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Farmers resubmit biogas power plant plans in Kenninghall

15:50 01 August 2012

Barbara Burridge with other residents of Heath Farm near Kenninghall who have been battling against plans for a Biogas plant being built in fields near their homes.

l-r: Steve Whittle, Anne Kay and Rory Shiells.

Barbara Burridge with other residents of Heath Farm near Kenninghall who have been battling against plans for a Biogas plant being built in fields near their homes. l-r: Steve Whittle, Anne Kay and Rory Shiells.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

A renewable energy firm has resubmitted plans for a biogas power plant in Kenninghall, which was approved by district councillors last year.

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Proposals by two farmers for an anaerobic digestion unit off Garboldisham Road were approved by Breckland Councillors in November.

However, the applicant, Greenshoots Energy, has resubmitted the scheme to the district council, which would turn locally grown maize, poultry litter and cattle slurry into renewable energy.

Objectors have appealed against the scheme in the High Court saying that no environmental impact assessment was carried out and the decision was legally flawed.

In a letter to the council, the applicant said it had made “minor amendments” introduced during the progression of the plans.

Stephen Gordon, chairman of Kenninghall Parish Council, yesterday said it was “puzzling” that the scheme had been resubmitted and the parish council would be discussing the matter later this month.

The plant would be connected to a combined heat and power generator and the applicants, Robert Gooderham and James Alston, say the project would create enough renewable energy to meet the needs of the whole of Kenninghall.

More than 400 people signed a petition against its potential impact on the landscape and noise and odour concerns.

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  • HJ No, you are not. Locally grown maize it says. So agricultural land which could produce food is being used to produce fuel? I sincerley hope not. I was berated by Callum Ringer the other day for supporting a large solar farm at Northrepps, then discovered that the the (HUGELY unwanted) wind turbine application for Bodham includes planting woods, hedgerows and ponds, all taking agricultural land, even worse in this case as the (HUGELY unwanted) turbine standing on a pole taking no appreciable land. I am totally against using food production land to create energy, especially things like bio diesel. I would also question this, article above that the generator is combined heat and power and will satisfy the needs for Kenninghall, is anyone going to enlighten me as to where the HEAT is going, it's gonna be difficult to get it into all the houses central heating systems. I already assume the electricity is going into the National Grid, so isn't going to Kenninghall either??

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    windup

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Am I the only person who sees using prime agricultural land to grow something to burn as insanity?

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    Honest John

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • farmers who want to supply their own or the villages energy needs should involvetheirlocal community. Making money from taxpayers subsidies for profits is a wholly differentaffair. Canthey not make ends meet? Not even with the eu subsidies already distorting the international market?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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