Sutton Bridge biomass objectors say lessons should be learnt from Scotland

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Protestors have urged planners to learn the lessons of Scotland before a controversial biomass plant scheme is given the go-ahead in Sutton Bridge.

Residents living near a similar plant at Markinch in Fife are complaining about excessive noise, light pollution and emissions from the facility near their homes, which is the biggest of its type in Britain.

claim they are being choked by clouds of wood dust and have created a website with environmental organisation Biofuelwatch to share experiences.

Sutton Bridge campaigner Shirley Giles said: “It just compounds everything the objectors have been saying since the first application was submitted. Objectors at that time requested a full, independent environmental impact assessment. South Holland District Council said that was not necessary and were happy with the developer’s assessment.”

Last year the council passed EnergyPark Sutton Bridge plans for a 48MW power station at Wingland, but Mrs Giles won a High Court victory overturning that decision on a key issue concerning sustainability.

The authority has since asked the company to answer a list of questions, but a council spokesman said this week that no information has been received and there’s no date yet for decision on amended plans.

Mrs Giles said: “I remain shocked that council planners could actually pass the application when they do not have the full facts and clearly do not understand the planning application.”