‘Wait and see’ for biofuel plans
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a biofuel energy plant have been delayed after a parish poll was heeded.
Feltwell residents went to the polls on April 12 to return a resounding ‘no’ to the question: Should the parish lease land to RegBio for the building of a bio-power plant?
Now Feltwell Parish Council has agreed to put off making a decision on whether to lease the land off Old Brandon Road until a similar plant is built in Lakenheath.
Jane Batten, council chairman, said: “We’ve postponed making a decision as we are waiting to see the Lakenheath plant and if there are any problems with it.”
Vanessa Cock, a campaigner against the plans, said the delay was a step forward and proved that the parish poll had an influence.
“It would have been nice to have ruled it out completely but it’s probably the best outcome we could have hoped for,” she said.
“It’s a sensible way to do it but there were still councillors who wanted to see it go through.”
The poll saw 75 per cent of voters go against the plans, with 512 electors turning out.
It was called for after 650 people signed a petition against the plans.
The poll cost the council around £2,000.
A planning application for the land has since been withdrawn.
Plans for the Lakenheath site have been granted permission by Forest Heath District Council but there is no timeline for construction, according to Reg Biopower.
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