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Energy plan is withdrawn
A CONTROVERSIAL application to build an anaerobic digester renewable energy unit in Aldbourne has been withdrawn.
The plans for the digester at Snap Farm in Woodsend were submitted by Kingham Farms Ltd, which is owned by Brian Kingham, the multi-millionaire.
But it sparked concern in the village after it emerged that 60 per cent of the organic matter used to fuel the unit would have to come from third-party growers.
Residents residents feared this would result in excessive traffic near their homes.
Aldbourne and Ogbourne St George parish councils also objected because of the traffic concerns.
David Robinson, of Woodsend, said the impact of the anaerobic digester would be quite significant had it been approved by the council.
He said at least 6,000 tonnes would need to come via road over a short period of time, resulting in significant movement of traffic.
Following a request from James Sheppard, Wiltshire councillor for Aldbourne and Ramsbury, the council called in the application.
It was due to be discussed in front of the Eastern area board.
However, the application has been withdrawn but the applicant’s agent, Knight Frank, will not say why or whether a revised application is likely to be submitted in the future.
Speaking before the application was withdrawn, Percy Lawson, of Knight Frank, said: “It is difficult to say what the traffic implications will be because the feedstock for the plant comes from different places in different years, because the crops used and the fields they are grown in, change.”
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