Nursery digester found to exceed business need

An anaerobic digestion facility has been refused permission at a nursery in the Essex green belt because its processing capacity would exceed the holding's waste treatment needs.

The 300 tonnes of organic waste produced annually by the nursery was dumped off-site by contractors. The appeal scheme would allow this waste to be processed into liquid organic fertiliser and would use natural gas to heat the greenhouses. Surplus electricity would be fed into the grid, reducing the need to burn fossil fuels.

The inspector noted that the plant would have the capacity to process 15,000 tonnes of waste a year. Any wider need for waste treatment capacity in the area should be considered through the development plan process, he held. Its impact on the area's openness could not be mitigated through landscaping, he added.

Inspector: Alan Boyland; Hearing


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