Consultation into Stanground bio plant is extended

Councillor Chris Harper
Councillor Chris Harper
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A public consultation into an anaerobic digestion plant planned for construction near homes in Stanground has been extended.

A planning application by ET Biogas Ventures was sent to Peterborough City Council for approval after an earlier one was registered with Cambridgeshire County Council.

Both need to be approved for the plant, which could cost £12 million, to be built.

The county council now plans to align its consultation period with Peterborough’s, so comments can be submitted to both councils until June 30.

The plant, which converts organic material into energy, is proposed for Horsey Toll Farm on land to the north of Toll Road in Stanground.

Concerns of noise and smell have already been raised from residents over the plant which is mooted for land 250 metres from people’s homes.

However, ET Biogas said the company must meet strict rules on odour and emissions.

North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said: “I am very pleased that the concerns I and Councillor Chris Harper raised on behalf of local residents regarding the proposed anaerobic digestion plant have been properly addressed by Cambridgeshire County Council.”

Cllr Harper, who represents Stanground East in the city council, said it is important residents submit comments to the city council’s planning department.

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