Posted by: tagnotowasteplant | August 26, 2015

Twemlow AD plant REFUSED

The proposal for an AD waste and power plant on Twemlow Lane went to the Strategic Planning Board [SPB] in Crewe on 26th Aug and was refused by 10 votes with 2 abstentions; a great relief to residents living with the threat of a huge industrial AD plant near to their homes since Feb 2012.

Councillors felt this was the right time to make a decision as “residents deserve an answer”.  Cllrs voiced various concerns  including the EA Permit refusal and the added doubt over the 60 year old tanks not being designed to be gas tight.  One councillor voiced his own experience of AD plants having a “hideous smell”.

The applicant, Chairman of NFU Cheshire, avoided the chairman’s question on why he didn’t want an AD plant on his own farm to deal with his slurry by replying that he was “not compliant with slurry storage regulations but that 90% of farmers aren’t compliant either”.

Over the 3 and a half years since the application was first lodged there have been 6 failed versions/updates of an Odour Management Plan with the Environment Agency concluding that smells could not be mitigated so close to homes.  The applicant’s view that it would benefit residents is complete make-believe as the electricity generated would be fed into the national grid – but he would’ve benefitted from the large subsidies [paid for on the public’s energy bills !].  Instead, residents would have had to suffer the “hideous smells” that foodwaste AD plants can also generate.

Councillors said that if the EA changed their opinion then the applicant could re apply if he put together a full Environment Impact Assessment.

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