Prism Planning Secure Another Permission for an Anaerobic Digestion Plant
At their meeting of 25th July 2017, Durham County Council’s County Planning Committee voted unanimously in favour of our client’s planning application to construct and operate an anaerobic digestion plant on land at Hulam Farm, Castle Eden/Hutton Henry.
The plant will process food wastes that would otherwise go to landfill together with waste straw and farmyard manure produced on the farm, to produce bio-gas. The bio-gas will then be both purified and compressed for injection into the Gas Grid, there being a connection point within the farm-holding to a gas pipeline. The resultant bi-product from the process known as digestate, which are odourless, will be spread on the farm fields as a fertiliser and soil improver instead of farmyard manure and imported nitrate fertiliser which are used at present.
Our Director, Rod Hepplewhite, attended the meeting and spoke in support of the application, setting out the case for approval of the development and reinforcing the planning officer’s recommendation that the application be approved. We had worked in a positive manner with the case officer throughout the course of the application to address issues raised and respond promptly to requests for additional information. Rod advised the Planning Committee that the proposed AD plant represents an appropriate form of sustainable development at the site, which accords with national and local planning policy together with the ‘National Anaerobic Digestion Strategy and Action Plan and The Waste Management Plan for England’. He also advised the Committee that all material planning considerations had been addressed and we had satisfied the case officer that the development will not result is a significant impact upon the landscape or visual amenity, will not cause noise or odour nuisance, will not give rise to traffic issues of any significance, will not harm the local ecology and will not adversely impact any features of archaeological importance.
It was therefore very pleasing when the Committee voted unanimously to grant planning permission after a short period of questioning the case officer on detailed aspects of the development.
We have dealt with many applications for anaerobic digestion plants of various forms and scales. We have built up a good level of expertise on the subject and recognise that although no two developments are the same, all require a comprehensive raft of technical documentation to support the planning application. Through our own expertise on the subject and the connections we have with environmental and transport consultants we can address all issues that are likely to be raised by local planning authorities.
Prism Planning are a team of Chartered Town Planners based in Darlington's busy town centre and led by some of the most experienced planning practitioners in the north east.