Vision for grant storage plant in Bressingham is approved, despite objections

Plans for a grain storage plant in Bressingham have been approved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Plans for a grain storage plant in Bressingham have been approved. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: EDP, Archant

A controversial vision to build 27 silos and three potentially noisy grain driers in a south Norfolk village has been given the green light.

Robert Sanderson's application for the development off Low Road in Bressingham was approved by South Norfolk Council's development management committee by a vote of nine to two.

At the meeting at the council's Long Stratton office today (Wednesday, March 1), council officers recommended the plans be approved, and there were no objections from highways, environment or water management officers.

But 25 nearby residents had written to the council to oppose the scheme over concerns including noise and the impact on the environment and the village.

And the Suffolk Wildlife Trust noted there had been no assessment of potential impacts on the nearby Redgrave and Lopham Fen.

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Richard Hewitt, Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council chairman, said his council was 'implacably opposed' to the scheme on issues including drainage, flooding, dust and noise.

He said: 'The social and environmental damage inflicted will be extensive and inexcusable.'

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Mr Hewitt said South Norfolk's approval of the scheme would: 'threaten the social and political bond that exists between our two authorities.'

Richard Vivian, an acoustics expert, attempted to demonstrate that the noise generated by the grain driers would be intolerable to nearby residents.

But Tristan Smith, a planning consultant for Mr Sanderson, called this claim 'misdirection'. He said: 'There is no objection to this proposal on the grounds of noise.'

The development is an expansion of an existing business and its 17 storage silos will stand 26m tall and its 10 intake silos will be 17m. Councillor Joe Mooney, one committee member, said: 'I can see no reason on planning grounds to refuse this application.'

And fellow councillor Murray Gray said that while he had 'some concerns' about the plan, which he called a 'significant intensification of an existing site', he would support it with conditions. The site has been used as a grain store since the 1970s but previous buildings there have been demolished.

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