‘Green’ power plant announced for Hibaldstow airfield is third to be planned for Brigg area
Residents living in rural villages surrounding Brigg could find themselves neighbours to another power plant – after a Redbourne landowner revealed his intentions to build on part of Hibaldstow Airfield.
Plans to build a £1 million gas plant between Redbourne and Hibaldstow have been revealed after two parish councils joined forces to assess the impact of the development ahead of official plans being submitted in late autumn.
The proposals come after Eco2 was granted planning permission in October last year to update its straw burning facility at Scawby Brook.
Power firm Centrica has also recently launched a public consultation to build a power plant on the site of the former Brigg sugar factory.
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Now landowner Ralph Day, of Manor Farm in Redbourne, in collaboration with Future Biogas, has informed local parish councillors about his intentions to build a crop anerobic digestion plant on land at Hibaldstow Airfield.
Hibaldstow Parish Council discussed the project at its council meeting, although councillors from Redbourne Parish Council also attended.
The draft proposal would see the bio-gas plant built on the east-west runway of parish boundaries and it would use maize to generate gas and organic fertiliser.
Two full-time jobs will be created and the site could power 2,500 homes and create 18,000 tonnes of organic fertiliser.
Two similar plants exist in Norfolk and another has just been granted planning permission at Doncaster.
Councillors voted to organise a site visit to Norfolk to help them fully understand the impact of such a development.
Leon Lume, chairman of Redbourne Parish Council,
addressed Hibaldstow parish councillors at the meeting.
He said: “The two issues relevant to both villages are traffic movement and odour. We should go down and look at the Norfolk plant to see if there are any issues and meet the parish council where the sites are to see what they have to say since they’ve been in operation.”
The fact-finding trip will involve up to 45 residents and councillors.
Councillor John Wragg said: “There is going to be a smell for sure. It’s going to be blowing over with the south-westerly wind and it’s going to hit the village.”
A presentation put together by the landowner said the scheme would lead to a significant boost for the local economy during and after construction. Councillor David Stothard said roads could be affected by slow moving traffic. He said: “It would be better using larger vehicles if they are going to do it.”
Brian Brooks, chairman of Hibaldstow Parish Council, has made contact with Taverham Parish Council in Norfolk.
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