Norfolk woman loses right to final appeal against biogas plant

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.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
5:42 PM

A Kenninghall woman, who has been fighting plans for a biogas plant on her doorstep, has been refused permission for a final appeal against the decision.

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Barbara Burridge, who lives at Heath Farm, was one of 400 villagers who had opposed Greenshoots Energy’s plans for the plant, which would produce gas from fermenting cattle slurry and chicken litter transported by pipeline to the generator near Crown Chicken Mill.

She feared the impact of noise and pollution from the plant, as well as the danger to the health of nearby residents from airborne micro-organisms produced by fermented waste spread as fertiliser on the field.

However, earlier this week the Supreme Court refused her permission for a last appeal against the plans after the High Court rejected her previous appeal by a majority of two to one in April last year.

She sought the go-ahead from three law lords to mount a last ditch bid at the Supreme Court to have the planning consent quashed, but was refused permission to appeal on the grounds that her case “does not raise an arguable point of law”.

They also found that it was not necessary to request the Court of Justice of the European Union to look at the case.

Breckland Council had granted two planning consents, one for a biomass renewable energy plant on land off Garboldisham Road and the other for a combined heat and power plant on nearby land at Crown Milling, Heath Road.

Mrs Burridge’s appeal was on the grounds the council should have carried out a screening opinion to determine whether an environmental impact assessment was needed for the site, but this was rejected by the High Court.

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