kick up a stink over plans for anaerobic digester waste plant
of residents have objected against controversial plans for a new
anaerobic digestion plant to be built near Burnham-On-Sea.
30 letters of opposition have been lodged with Sedgemoor District
Council, which has this week decided to raise a formal objection
against the scheme.
Limited wants to build the plant on farmland close to the junction
of Harp Road and Vole Road, between
Brent Knoll and Mark, saying it would be an environmentally-friendly
way to create energy.
plant would enable natural biological processes to be used to
break down organic waste material, such as food and agricultural
material, to be converted into energy, known as biogas.
residents in the area are opposed to the plans, arguing that the
plant would spoil the landscape, cause smells and noise, and create
Knoll councillor Bob Filmer told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I do
not believe this is a suitable location for this development.
The proposed large indutstrial style bio-digester and accompanying
buildings are out of scale and would be isolated and out of keeping
with the surrounding countryside, therefore having a detrimental
impact on the landscape."
would be a very serious impact on the amenity of the residents
of one house nearby and also to a nearby camping and caravanning
site which would likely be impacted by noise and odours emanating
from this site."
right, added: "I am also very concerned about the
highway network serving this proposed development. It is located
on Harp Road, a very busy country lane. As the site will not in
itself be generating the bulk of the material to fuel the bio-digester,
this will need to be brought by vehicle along Harp Road, which
will mean using Mark or Brent Knoll."
of objection have also been sent by councillor Diana Bayliss,
ward member for the village of Mark, who says the plans would
contravene both Sedgemoor District Council's Core Strategy and
National Planning Policy.
opposed to the scheme include Mark Parish Council, which says
the "development is not approriate for the proposed locality
in open countryside and would be better sited at an existing industrial
brown field complex with good existing heavy vehicle road access."