‘Green’ energy plant in Lincolnshire gets go-ahead to expand despite objections

February 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

A VILLAGE firm has been given the go-ahead to expand its “green” energy plant despite objection from local residents.

Boston Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously approved an application from Staples Vegetables Ltd in Wrangle for a second anaerobic digestion tank as well as a proposal to install a metal container to accommodate a power generator.

  1. ‚ÄčAnaerobic tank

    GO-AHEAD: Plans to build an additional Anaerobic Digestion Tank at Staples Vegetables Ltd in Wrangle has been given the go-ahead.

Used to turn waste vegetables into electricity, the existing plant at the site in Sea Lane consists of a portal building housing a generator that produces electricity, the heat recovery plant and the offices where the system is managed.

Letters of objection had been sent to the council citing concerns about visual impact and harm to the landscape, disturbance, noise and smell.

But in a report to the meeting council officers recommended the applications be approved stating that the development “will not harm the area visually or the character of the countryside” while also suggesting a planning condition be put in place to limit the noise level.

Meanwhile, in its submission to the council Staples said it considered that the existing Anaerobic Digestion Plant was working well but in order to utilise all the methane that is produced, a second generator was needed to remove the necessity to ‘flare’ any surplus gas.

Councillor Alison Austin expressed her support for the application.

She said: “I think it is good that we are having this sort of development in this borough.

“The odour complaints are not applicable as it is a power generator and this is taken into consideration in the conditions so I see no reason why we should not approve this application.”

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