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26th August 2015

26th August 2015: Twemlow AD waste & power plant

SPB [Strategic Planning Board] viewed the application on 26th Aug 2015 and 10 councillors voted for refusal with 2 abstentions. see Planner’s recommendation.

Refusal notice.

Councillors felt this was the right time to make a decision as “residents deserved an answer” and voiced various concerns; the EA Permit Refusal, their findings that problems with odours could not be mitigated so close to homes, and the possibility of the 60 year old tanks not being gas tight.  One councillor voiced his experience of AD plants having “hideous smells”.

The application was first registered in February 2012 so concerned residents were relieved to finally have a decision after waiting three and a half years.

– links:

Environmental Health recommends refusal

Environment Agency permit refusal details

8 July 2014: Permit refused by Environment Agency:    Cres Biogas EA Refusal Notice 

1. Environment Agency: The EA refused a Permit.

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 8th July 2014

2. Cheshire East Planning: Refused 26th Aug 2015.

In May 2013 the Secretary of State concludedthat development would be likely to have significant effects on the  environment, because of its nature, size and location” … directing that an EIA Environment Impact Assessment would be required, though one was not produced.

TAG are pleased that Twemlow Parish Council and Goostrey Parish Council changed their responses to object.  Both parish councils initially supported the application despite two objections by the Environment Agency; they reviewed their stance and objected to the proposal following the EA’s findings.

Even if an AD plant is granted an EA permit it does not guarantee that it would’nt smell; existing AD plants that have had problems with odours have had both planning permission and EA permits.

 “In the event of a major process failure, we are concerned that immediate neighbours may be in acute danger from episodic releases or explosion risks”.     Environment Agency comment on application. Feb 2013

“We cannot now conclude that the installation does not present a cause for public health concern.”   Health Protection Agency. Mar 2013 

*EA’s startling revelation: 7 catastrophic AD failures

“Nobody built plants expecting them to fail, but our experience of course is that all these plants are not perfect and the regulation is important. To give an example, we have had seven catastrophic failures of anaerobic digestion plants in the last nine months, two of which were explosive in nature where the gas built up and the lids popped off or the walls blew out.”
…..EA’s report to the House of Lords Science and Technology select committee Dec 2013. [and before the Harper Adams explosive incident]

Knutsford Guardian EA refuse permit

Knutsford Guardian EA refuse permit

 

 

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Responses

  1. What a load of rubbish, the only thing that needs to be stopped is this website.
    AD is the future

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    • Many people have found this website of interest, with over 22,000 hits, and every effort is taken to ensure accuracy. We have nothing against AD – just the inappropriate location for such proposals so close to homes.

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      • I have found this website very helpful, informative and accurate. AD may be the future but as long as they are sited away from homes, as they are in Germany who are leaders in the field. As for rubbish – I don’t want 47,000 tonnes of it being shipped into the small hamlet of Twemlow.
        Thank you TAG for your good work – keep it up.

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  2. John Smith is partly right, there is nothing wrong with AD as long as it is in the right place; next to houses is not the right place

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  3. “Nobody built plants expecting them to fail, but our experience of course is that all these plants are not perfect and the regulation is important. To give an example, we have had seven catastrophic failures of anaerobic digestion plants in the last nine months, two of which were explosive in nature where the gas built up and the lids popped off or the walls blew out.”
    …..EA’s report to the House of Lords Science and Technology committee Dec 2013.

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