Power plant fears

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ANGRY campaigners are concerned that plans for a bio-fuelled power plant in their village may be passed without proper public consultation.

The application by REG Biopower for land on Old Brandon Road, in Feltwell, has been met by resistance from villagers who feel the plans have been entered without their knowledge.

Vanessa Cock, a resident, said the plans had been sent to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council in October, but residents had only become aware of it a few weeks ago.

That is despite the parish council agreeing to lease land to the applicants, according to Ms Cock.

“They are saying they want to hand over the land on a five year lease but they have not told the village in any way, shape or form.

“I’m outraged that the public have not told about plans like this,” she said.

Residents fear the plant –which will use waste cooking oil to generate power – will lead to an increase in noise, traffic and smell.

Those effects are compounded by the plant’s proposed site within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) for the stone curlew bird.

Villager James Stubbins said the Old Brandon Road site was unsuitable for an increase in HGV traffic.

“The road structure of Feltwell cannot possibly support anymore HGV traffic through the village.

“The Old Brandon Road is used daily by dog walkers, farm vehicles, horse riders and walkers. It is a totally unsuitable location for the plant as it is directly behind a large residential area and a doctors’ surgery,” he said.

More than 35 objections have now been received after residents launched a campaign against the plans, including a petition. The closing date for objections is January 31.

REG Biopower and Feltwell Parish Council were both unavailable for comment.