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New plan seeks to double size of Lynn biomass operation

Planning Applications (2791579)
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New plans for an anaerobic digestion plant in Lynn could see more than twice as much material processed there as was previously permitted if they are given the go-ahead next week.

Planning permission for a facility off Cross Bank Road capable of processing 19,500 tonnes of biomass a year were given the go-ahead in 2017.

But new proposals, which are due before councillors on Monday, would allow for at least 38,000 tonnes, and potentially up to 42,000 tonnes, of material to be processed there if permission is granted.

Officials have recommended that the new scheme is approved, arguing that the principle of development has already been established by earlier consents.

Their report said: "Many of the concerns of third parties will now be covered by specific permit requirements and therefore greater controls will be in place."

But the Lynn Civic Society says it still objects to the principle of such a facility being built there.

Among its concerns is the potential impact of the domes which form part of the digesters on the landscape and the likely increase in lorry movements in the area.

However, officials say vehicle movements will use the same route as for the current permission and access the site via a new farm track and a section of unadopted road that links to Estuary Road and Edward Benefer Way.

They added: There will be an increase in vehicular activity utilising the local highway network associated with the increase in feedstock.

"However, this will be relatively small due to either an increase in size of HGV or previous under use of the capacity of the HGV vehicles.

"Whilst the domes of the new digesters will be visible in the wider landscape, they will be read against taller structures in the immediate vicinity and against the backdrop of an industrial area."

Opponents also argue that West Norfolk Council should not decide whether the scheme proceeds or not, given that slurry will be among the materials to be processed if permission is granted.

They say Norfolk County Council, as the waste planning authority, should make the final decision.

But the report said the county council had concluded it should not rule on the plan, because the plant's primary function is the production of energy, rather than energy from waste.


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