Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Wetheringsett: U-turn over Mendlesham Renewable Energy Plant appeal method

06:00 11 April 2014

Pig farmers are concered about the plans for a biomass plant in Wetheringsett which they argue would increase straw prices

Pig farmers are concered about the plans for a biomass plant in Wetheringsett which they argue would increase straw prices

Campaigners battling against a £100million biomass plant have succeeded in their calls for an appeal over the scheme to be heard in public.

Major farming businesses in Suffolk have been fighting the Mendlesham Renewable Energy Plant plans for Wetheringsett, since they were first announced in 2011.

After Mid Suffolk District Council refused planning permission last July, the company behind the straw-burning plant, Eco2, called for an appeal over that decision.

But campaigners, including Blythburgh Free Range Pork, Aspall Cyder, pig producer BQP and MP Dan Poulter all opposed the initial decision to hold the appeal in writing.

Now the Planning Inspectorate has made a U-turn on that decision and is to hold the appeal via a hearing.

Dr Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, said: “I am very pleased to help win this decision from the planning inspector on behalf of my local residents. I am very hopeful there will be a good chance of rejecting the proposal.

“I have been working hard for many months on behalf of local residents groups and businesses and I am hopeful an open hearing will provide the best opportunity to defeat this unacceptable scheme.”

Eco2 had pressed for the appeal to be heard in writing. Dr Andrew Toft, the firm’s director of projects, said: “All we want is for an inspector to take an independent look at the decision made by the council last July, given that this went against the recommendation of its own expert planning officers.

“If the inspectorate has decided that this requires a hearing then so be it. We are more than happy to make our case.”

Jimmy Butler, a partner of Blythburgh Free Range Pork, was pleased about the decision but said it was “not ideal” as campaigners had favoured a full inquiry.

0 comments

Pc Andy Masterson checks motorists speeds on the A140 at Stonham Parva.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said he is ‘sick of arrogant drivers’ after the number of motorists clocked travelling at 100mph-plus trebled in a year.

Ben Gummer

All of Suffolk’s MPs had backed the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union – and were left shattered by the decision to pull out.

John Dugmore

Campaigners from the business community on both sides of the EU membership debate were agreed yesterday on the need for the Government to make stability its top priority in the wake of the vote for Brexit.

Aldeburgh beach

Global superstar Taylor Swift has been spotted strolling the streets of a Suffolk seaside town, after she flew into the country to meet her rumoured new love interest’s mother.

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson join Tim Passmore during a visit to Ipswich for the leave campaign.

One of Suffolk’s most prominent “Vote Leave” supporters has urged those who voted the same way not to feel guilty about their decision.

Pro-European protesters demonstrate outside Downing Street. Although the police monitored the demonstration, they said it was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Supporters of the Europe took to the streets of British capital cities to protest about the referendum decision to pull out of the EU.

The EU Referendum count at Riverside Leisure Centre in Chelmsford.

The feeling on the streets of Ipswich after Thursday’s historic referendum was one of shock – even for the town’s many Leave supporters.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24