Victory for villagers as plan to dump 'foul smelling' waste at plant is thrown out

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 Jul 2017

Jubilant residents hope an anaerobic digestion plant never gets off the ground at Woodmansey, after plans to truck-in waste were rejected.

East Riding planning councillors have unanimously refused permission for feedstock waste deliveries to be allowed for an AD plant proposed in the village, near Beverley .

Approval was granted last November for a £4.4m AD plant off Plaxton Bridge Road, to take potato waste produced on-site at M&F Ltd.

Then, after M&F Ltd went into administration in March, an application to truck-in root vegetable waste from off-site was lodged with the council by Gascorp Plaxton.

Villagers launched a 212-name petition against the move and turned out in force on Thursday afternoon to show their opposition at Beverley’s County Hall planning meeting.

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Objector Julie Los told councillors the rationale for building an AD plant had been a solution for the waste produced on-site at M&F Ltd, which is no longer operating.

She told the planning committee: “This application is to allow importation of extra feedstock for a non-existent AD plant.

“This imported waste could well be in an advanced state of decay which has the potential for increased foul odour and run off.

“I have experienced effluent on several occasions running down my drive when lorries leave the site. I have no reason to believe the same will not happen in reverse.

“All this will pass two primary schools, a children’s nursery and several homes daily. The attraction of vermin and other pests are potential hazards.”

Woodmansey residents Julie Los, centre, with Alison Goddard and Xavier Goddard, 9, outside County Hall, Beverley. (Image: Jerome Ellerby)

Planning officials had recommended approval of the application to allow the delivery of root vegetable waste to the proposed site.

But Cllr John Whittle told the committee: “This is turning into more of an industrial process, which I think is inappropriate for a village like Woodmansey.”

After backing the AD plant proposal last year, Cllr Bryan Pearson was also against the move to truck-in waste, which he said would “have a marked effect on the residential amenity of the local people”.

Residents cheered as councillors unanimously rejected the application to allow waste deliveries to the site.

Villager Julie Los said afterwards: “As it stands at the moment, I think it’s highly unlikely the AD plant is a viable proposition.

“If they want to get it up and running, it has to be a new company there providing the fuel for the plant.

“We hope the AD plant never operates.”

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