Pipeline proposal to go before committee

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Plans for a gas pipeline which will feed into the National Grid will go before councillors next week.

Members of the Norfolk County Council planning committee have been urged to approve the application for the site to the north of Mundford Road, Methwold, when they meet in Norwich next Friday.

Applicants Warren Power Ltd are seeking permission for a 2.8 kilometre pipeline which will link a nearby anaerobic digestion plant, for which permission was granted in December 2010, to the grid.

A report to the committee, which was published yesterday, said development work on the plant had not yet been completed.

But it added: “Whilst the proposal is considered to be a departure from the development plan due to the location of the compound in open countryside, there are material considerations that justify granting planning permission.”

The report also said there were no objections to the proposal, which was also backed by local county councillor, Martin Storey.

However, land contamination experts have warned that the developers will need to be careful of any unexploded devices, as part of the site runs through the old Second World War airfield.