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Organic Fertiliser Lagoon Approved In Devon

A major new biogas plant has been given the green light by planners in Devon, helping to support a nearby anaerobic digestion plant.

The new sealed digestate facility was given the go-ahead by planning chiefs in East Devon and will be able to store up to 7,000 cubic metres of liquid. This will increase the capacity of the Gorst Biogas plant at Clyst St Mary’s.

Planners backed the scheme despite opposition from some local people and the Devon branch of the Campaign To Protect Rural England, East Devon News reported. While there were local claims that traffic would increase and the access road is one used by walkers and cyclists, the developers said the new plant would help increase sustainability and make local farms more efficient.

Councillor David Key was one of those rejecting the complaints. He said: “I feel sorry for the people who live there, but we have to move on in life and this is part and parcel of farming.”

The approval of the application was based on the condition that only Gorst Biogas could use the digestate material. The application was passed by nine votes to three.

While the application prompted a planning row in the local area, the outcome continues the growth of biogas in the UK as an increasingly significant contributor to green energy output.

It could be one of a plethora of developments in the years to come, with several biogas firms planning to expand their portfolios in the UK.

Last week, Future Biogas announced plans to build 25 new plants by 2028, as well as expanding ten existing plants. This will be complemented by carbon capture and storage projects.

In order to do this, the firm plans to float on the London Stock Exchange, raising £35 billion in its initial public offering next month.

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