Glapwell farmers plan on-site animal waste plant – producing renewable energy
Farmers in Glapwell have been given the green light for a waste processing plant on a 1,250-acre plot of land on the edge of the village.
The facility at Home Farm, just off Glapwell Lane – which has been given conditional planning permission by Bolsover Council – would convert 2,500 tonnes of agricultural farm and organic waste such as cow manure a year.
The waste – having undergone a process known as anaerobic digestion – would produce biofertiliser and a biogas used to generate about 40kw of renewable energy annually.
Boyer Planning Consultants, acting for the farm’s owners Alan and John Dore, say the resulting fertiliser would be used and spread on the farm for growing crops, while any biogas generated would be used for electricity that can be connected to the national grid.
Boyer say the plant – which will operate 365 days a year and 24 hours a day – will be made up of shipping containers and a methane digester tank.
In a planning statement, Boyer say the facility would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generating clean and renewable energy.
They said: “The proposal effectively prevents the generation of waste in the first instance - which would normally be stockpiled in heaps and releasing odours.”
The applicants say noise from the plant’s generator will be mitigated by a sound reduction container, while the plant would be screened by existing buildings and trees.
Located just off Glapwell Lane, the farm is bordered by homes to the south and south west, with the nearest being 90 metres away.
The district council said it has no objections to the facility, noting it would be ‘some distance’ from nearby residents.
While no significant concerns were raised with regard to noise or odour.
However, Glapwell Parish Council sought assurances from the district council that the site’s operators will be monitored to ensure they continue to meet environmental standards.
Planning consultants Boyer wrote: “The proposals will provide long term and multiple benefits economically and environmentally.”
They said the site would help the council reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prevent waste locally and increase renewable energy.