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Councillors overrule biomass plans

In Norfolk, UK, Breckland councillors have rejected plans to build a biomass plant.

The project was submitted by Greenshoots Energy and included an anaerobic digester, a CHP plant and storage tanks. It would produce power from maize, chicken waste and cattle slurry before transferring the electricity to the National Grid.

The principle planning officer for Breckland Nick Moys explains that North Lopham Road, Kenninghall was ‘not an appropriate site’ for the facility due to the impact the smell and traffic noise would have on the surrounding area. ‘The structure is quite substantial and would be a prominent feature on the landscape and harm its appearance.’

Despite being viewed by some as a unique opportunity and a job-provider for local residents, the plant has been unanimously overruled. ‘This is the wrong place and is an eyesore and a health risk,’ said councillor Marion Chapman-Allen.