Fresh bid to build anaerobic digestion plant off Crossbank Road in King’s Lynn

Cross Bank Road in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Cross Bank Road in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A fresh bid has been announced to build a green waste plant in King's Lynn after it was turned down on a technicality.

Plans for a £3m anaerobic digester, which would convert specially-grown maize and sugar beet pulp into gas, were refused two months ago.

Developer Mickram hoped to sell biogas manufactured by the plant, on Cross Bank Road, to neighbouring businesses DOW and KL Technologies.

But people living near the site objected because construction of the plant and deliveries once it was complete would increase the number of lorries using Cross Bank Road.

Opponent Martin Etheridge said: 'The number of lorries using the road every day to maintain the digester would put an intolerable strain on the road structure, not to mention the noise and disturbance to the local residents.'


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Steven Palmer, who enjoys walking in the area, added: 'Traffic will be significantly increased along a narrow and in parts rough track, which is used by others to access their homes and the marshes beyond. This will increase lorry traffic on Edward Bennifer Way with a dangerous right turn into the port area.'

Associated British Ports retracted its opposition after Mickram offered to restrict lorries to one an hour when the plant is up and running. The firm has drawn up a transport plan which it says will restrict the number of lorries visiting the site to an average of 2.7 a day whilst it is being built.

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'A lot of the documents have been revised based on the comments we received,' said Mickram director Mike Stollery. 'It's just a resubmission. The comments from the committee were very positive, they just said they wanted us to update our construction management plan and transport management plan.'

Deliveries to and from the site when it becomes operational will take place outside of peaks in traffic on Cross Bank Road and the nearby port.

Norfolk County Council has launched a public consultation into the revised plans. Mickram wants to build a facility which would process up to 19,250 tonnes of biomass, offices, storage tanks and a combined heat and power plant. Details can be found at eplanning.norfolk.gov.uk, using reference number C/2/2017/2009. Comments must be made by Monday, June 26.

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