EA permit

8th July 2014:  The EA refused a permit for the proposed AD facility at Twemlow.

Refusal notice of permitRefusal Notice EA

“Our overall conclusion is that it is unlikely that controls at the site can be
implemented to a standard which would prevent significant pollution for nearby
residents. Our concerns are strongly influenced by the combination of immediate
proximity of residents and significant limitations in site infrastructure.”

The odour management plan and subsequent versions have not satisfied the Agency that this facility will be able to control odour emissions.  The environmental impact of the proposed development in this location cannot be satisfactorily mitigated in this location due to its impact on sensitive receptors.”         EA Planning Liaison Officer to CEC 8th July 2014

TAG [Twemlow and Goostrey no to waste plant] believed that the site was too close to homes, immediately adjacent to housing, so that any smells emanating from the plant and the large amount of traffic involved would have had a huge impact on the community.

8th July 2014 EA refuse permit. Refusal summary extract, page 3:

18th June 2012 The original odour management plan submitted by the company ‘Odour Management Plan dated 18th June 2012’ was assessed by the Agency. This plan was found to be deficient in a number of key areas.

30th July 2012 The Agency then received a further updated Odour Management Plan dated 30th July 2012 and this plan was again assessed by the Agency, revised odour management plan (version 2) this plan was still deficient in a number of key areas. Although this version was an improvement it still required more defined commitments and was not in compliance with our document H4 Odour Management ‘How to Comply with your Environmental Permit’.

20th Sept 2012 On the 20th September 2012 the Agency received an update to odour management plan version 2 by Cres biogas which was again assessed by the Agency.   This plan was assessed and the overall conclusion was that it is unlikely that controls at this site can be implemented to a standard which would prevent significant pollution to the nearby residents.

10th Sept 2013 On the 10th September 2013 the Agency received a copy of Cres Biogas Limited odour management plan V3. This plan was assessed by the Agency and could not be approved as unfortunately the level of process control needed with regards to this anaerobic digester had not been demonstrated.

24th Jan 2014 On the 24th January 2014 the Agency received a copy of Cres Biogas Limited odour management plan V4. This plan was assessed by the Agency and the conclusion was that fundamental process design and operation have not been adequately addressed and it has not been demonstrated that the containment and abatement system will be effective.

7th April 2014 An update to odour management plan version 4 was received on the 7th April 2014 and this was from the result of a meeting between the Agency and Cres Biogas held on the 28th March 2014. The conclusion from this update was the Agency still has significant concerns that the site as it is proposed to operate may result in significant odour pollution.

Having carefully considered the Application and all other relevant information it has been decided to refuse this application. EA July 2014

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 EA objection letter Feb 2013 EA odour report Feb 2013   EA report object May 2013

Permits  An application of this size needs a Bespoke Permit from the Environment Agency as well as planning permission from Cheshire East Council.  The Cres application for a Permit was processed at the same time as planning.

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