AD organic fertiliser lagoon approved in Devon, UK

Proposals for an industrial-scale organic fertiliser lagoon in Devon, UK have been given the green light.

District council planning chiefs in East Devon approved the scheme for a sealed digestate storage facility, with a capacity of 7,000 cubic metres of liquid, near the village of Upton Pyne.

The project will support the operation of Gorst Biogas’s anaerobic digestion plant in Clyst St Mary. The plans have been approved despite concerns raised by locals that the facility could cause an increase in traffic in a rural area.

According to East Devon News, project developers said the scheme support sustainability and efficiency of farming operations in the area and would not lead to increased traffic.

In response to residents’ concerns, Councillor David Key said: “I cannot see the problem with this. I feel sorry for the people who live there, but we have to move on in life and this is part and parcel of farming.”

Councillors approved the application with a condition that the digestate can only be used on enterprises owned by the applicant.

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