Crowland

Plans for two waste plants to process 113k tonnes a year

Two processing plants which would treat 113,000 tonnes of waste per year are expected to be given the go-ahead by Lincolnshire county councillors.

A biomass plant and waste water treatment plant have been proposed for Decoy Farm, Crowland,  as well as a plan for a food growing facility on the site.

Planning officers at the county council have recommended that the development be approved.

The biomass facility, which has been submitted by Sycamore Planning Limited, would be used to produce electricity to run the food plant.

48,000 tonnes of shredded wood would be put through the biomass plant, while 65,000 of waste water would be treated.

Meanwhile, the food facility would then be used to grow herb crops and leafy salad under artificial light.

The applicants have said that, if given approval, the site would create eight jobs.

Felicity Webber, planning officer at the authority, said in a report before councillors that the application would have little affect on the local area.

It said: “Overall I am satisfied that the potential impacts of the proposed development, both on its own and when considered in relation to the existing operations at Decoy Farm, would largely be mitigated, minimised and reduced through the implementation of the mitigations measures proposed within the application or additional mitigation secured through appropriate conditions.”

County councillors will decide on the plans at a planning meeting on September 3.