Clenchwarton treatment centre expansion ‘unlikely’ to affect residents, report says

Anglian Water King's Lynn Biosolids Treatment Centre at Clenchwarton ANL-150715-140820009
Anglian Water King's Lynn Biosolids Treatment Centre at Clenchwarton ANL-150715-140820009
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Multi-million pound proposals to expand a West Norfolk sewage treatment centre are “unlikely” to adversely affect local people, according to borough council planners.

The authority’s planning committee will consider the latest plan for the facility in Clockcase Road, Clenchwarton when it meets in Lynn on Monday.

But officials have recommended that the council, which is a consultee on the application that will be determined by Norfolk County Council, lodges no objection.

Anglian Water announced its intention to spend around £4.5 million on a new sludge reception centre at the site in July.

The company says the facility is needed to enable the plant to operate at its full capacity, instead of around 58 per cent of the maximum level.

That would equate to around 8,000 tonnes of additional material being processed at the site each year.

But opponents maintain that existing road links to the plant are already inadequate and a new road should be built before any expansion plan is permitted.

Parish councillors have also lodged an objection on infrastructure grounds.

However, in their report to the committee, planning officers said: “This proposal is considered unlikely to have an adverse impact upon the amenities of local residents, the landscape character of the area, or the local highway network.”

The current scheme was brought forward after earlier proposals for a reception centre at nearby West Lynn were rejected earlier this year, following an appeal.

Anglian Water maintains that pleas for a new road to the Clenchwarton site would fail because of the loss of farmland that would be incurred, the same reason why the West Lynn scheme was rejected.

But objectors argue that alternative solutions to an expansion of the Clenchwarton facility should be explored instead.

It is thought that the application could go before Norfolk County Council’s planning committee later this month.