Wimblington digester plan recommended for approval

Planners have recommended a bid to create an anaerobic digester plant in Wimblington be granted planning permission.

Fengrain has applied to create the plant close to its site in Hook Lane.

Members of Fenland District Council’s planning committee have been recommended to approve the plan at their meeting on Wednesday, February 4.

The application has met with some opposition locally. Villagers have organised a public meeting in Wimblington Parish Hall tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30pm to discuss the application.

A report to the planning committee states: “It is acknowledged that there is a significant amount of local opposition to the proposal, however the submission demonstrates that there will be no adverse impact on the locality in terms of noise and odour pollution or highway safety subject to the imposition of appropriate planning conditions.

“This has been confirmed by FDC Environmental Health Officers and CCC Highways Engineers. Visual impacts will be mitigated against by both existing and proposed landscaping.”

The application seeks permission for a digester plant with three silage clamps, earth bunding surrounding an alligator tank for liquid storage and the formation of a lagoon.

The digester facility is proposed to process 45,000 tonnes of sugar beet, rye or maize per annum to produce gas for the local grid system.

Potentially some of the gas will be used to generate electricity for the adjoining grainstore.

The crops will be grown by Fengrains Co-operative farmers and the dry digestate and liquid will be stored on site until required by the farmers to spread onto their crops for their nutrient content.

Wimblington Parish Council has objected to the plans on the grounds that it will effect villagers along with increase traffic and noise.

The district council has received objections from 131 homes but received representations from 20 homes in support of the plan.