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To: The West Sussex County Council – Planning Committee Members

Protect Rural Sussex Parishes from an unapproved industrial Biogas Plant

Protect Rural Sussex Parishes from an unapproved industrial Biogas Plant

Crouchland Biogas Ltd. Plaistow, West Sussex enlarged, without planning permission, from a small on-farm Anaerobic Digestion facility to an Industrial-Scale Gas Plant. A retrospective planning application (WSCC/042/14/PS) is under consideration by West Sussex County Council. The WSCC Planning Committee are petitioned to refuse the application as it's detrimental to and not in the interests of the local communities.

Why is this important?

THE TIMELINE
2017:
• 25Apr: Inquiry into 3 Appeals against Enforcement and Planning Refusal begins. Legal counsels for Parish Councils, WSCC and CDC, with independent experts to take part.
• 29Mar: Leon Mekitarian, Director Farm Fuel faces suspension, curtailment or disqualification of operator's licence in new Traffic Commissioner's Public Inquiry.
• 27Feb: Appointment of Philip Gerrard (also Director, Eastern Counties Finance 1 Ltd, with whom Crouchland hold a mortgage & debenture) and Andrew Vernau as Directors to Crouchland Biogas Ltd.
• 6 Feb: Statements of Case by WSCC, CDC & Parish Councils for remaining Appeals submitted.
• 27Jan: Farm Fuel called to new Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry for alleged breaches of timing condition at company’s Woking operating centre and allegations of trailers used during suspension period.
• 23Jan: Crouchland submit 405 pages of new documents for Appeals rendering previous documents redundant as they disclose ‘new baseline’ for retrospective planning application refusal. The joint Parish Councils and legal counsel are left just 9 days to respond.
2016:
• 14Dec: The government confirms reformed Renewable Heat Incentive subsidy scheme. ‘all new Non-Domestic RHI applicants for accreditation and those seeking registration for injection of biomethane should have all necessary planning permissions in place before they are accredited / registered.’ It’s not implemented retrospectively so Crouchland still claim large subsidy.
• 30Nov: Farm Fuel licence suspension begins. No HGVs allowed to leave Woking Operating Centre for 2 weeks.
• 10Nov: After Farm Fuel licence suspension, CEO John Morea - Southern Gas Networks (SGN) confirms "We would expect the contractor in question to comply with the suspension and have informed Crouchland Biogas Ltd we won’t be accepting any biomethane from this particular gas transportation source during its suspension."
• 3Nov: Traffic Commissioner suspends Farm Fuel HGV licence for 2 weeks (1-15 Dec). The unauthorised use has been extensive, prolonged and the operator sought to conceal the extent of this.
• 30Sep: Crouchland Farms fined.
• 22Jul: Crouchland Farms plead guilty to illegally discharging polluting material to River Kird on 02Dec2013. No announcements yet on significant pollution events in 2015 & 2016.
• 18Jul: Ofgem respond to a FOI request and advise Crouchland have received £4,359,537 in RHI subsidy from financial year 2014/15.
• 22Jun: The Planning Inspectorate publish Appeal decision re: the Certificate of Lawful Use granted by WSCC. The appeal allowed in part. The Inspector concludes that WSCC’s refusal to grant a certificate of lawful use or development in respect of the two metal containers to aid gas conditioning for the biogas plant, attached to the LDC and the conditioning and exportation of biogas was not well-founded and that the appeal in respect of these items and activity should succeed. In respect of the separator and the flare, attached to the LDC, and the importation of waste and any other materials for anaerobic digestion from land outside the boundaries of Crouchland Farm, the Inspector concluded that WSCC’s refusal to grant a cert. of lawful use or development in respect of these items and activity was well-founded and that the appeal should fail. (APP/P3800/X/15/3137735).
• 27May: Crouchland seeks adjournment to EA legal case.
• 17May: Traffic Inquiry reconvenes.
• 11-12May: Appeal against Cert. of Lawfulness is heard.
• 29Apr: The Environment Agency announce legal proceedings against Crouchland Farms for Dec2013 pollution of River Kird.
• 29Mar: P.O.R.E receives letter stating “The Gas Alliance Group (including Gas Bus Alliance) no longer take any Biomethane from Crouchland Farms Ltd or Crouchland Biogas Ltd.” and threatening legal action should villagers “communicate any information to any Bodies or Persons which is contrary to this statement”. Tony Griffiths is signatory, former General Manager of MAN UK bus operations.
• 29 Mar: Barry Evans resigns from Crouchland Biogas.
• 16Mar: Another significant pollution incident occurs and while cleanup in progress SGN disassociate themselves stating Crouchland is separate and they have no corporate responsibility for the actions of this autonomous company. Contrary to CEO John Morea’s 2013 Annual Report that Crouchland was SGN's partner; and from an email to WSCC 28Aug2014 supporting the retrospective planning application, stating "Our pioneering partnership with Crouchland Biogas..." and though SGN have a fixed / floating charge on the property / undertakings of Crouchland Biogas.
• 4Mar: Crouchland apply to substantially vary EA environmental permit (EPR/CB3208XJ/V002).
• 12Jan: Farm Fuel called to Traffic Commissioner enquiry for breaches to Operator’s licence ie. using the farm as an unauthorised Operating Centre.
2015:
• Nov: Parish Councils launch planning fund for expert / legal counsel.
• Oct: Crouchland lodge Appeals against Enforcement Notices (to dismantle all equipment installed without planning permission & to stop operating as a commercial biogas plant); retrospective planning refusal and Cert. of Lawfulness.
• 1Sep: WSCC issue Cert. of Lawfulness excluding conditioning & export of gas, importation of waste & other materials for anaerobic digestion and many items of development.
• 16Jul: CDC issue 2 Enforcement Notices with staggered compliance dates for cease of use of land and 6mths for remaining requirements (PS/13/00015/CONCOU).
• 23Jun: The EA attends pollution incident on adjoining farm’s watercourse with significant impact on ecology & ability to water livestock.
• 16Jun: CDC inform WSCC they strongly object to granting Cert. of Lawfulness.
• 2Jun: WSCC pass CDC responsibility to investigate & serve Enforcement but are clear multiple planning breaches have occurred.
• For events prior to 2Jun15 contact PORE.

How it will be delivered

Email and Press Conference

Crouchland Farm, Rickman's Lane, Plaistow RH14 0LE, West Sussex

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Reasons for signing

  • I object to the scale of this development in this unsuitable area and how the retrospective planning is being sought
  • Our green spaces are precious and should be saved
  • The huge increase in heavy lorry and large tractor and trailer traffic is unacceptable on small country roads which are deteriorating rapidlly.The noise, pollution has markedly increased and so has the risk to walkers, riders,joggers and cyclists The natural environment has been damaged by installation and daily use of the AD. The smells in spring and summer are very unpleasant and cover a wide area. Above all this is not sustainable energy in the true sense.

Updates

2017-08-07 20:19:55 +0100

West Sussex County Times report Crouchlands Biogas, the company operating an anaerobic digestion plant at Crouchlands Farm in Plaistow & Ifold Parish, near Billingshurst, has gone into administration.
Read more at: http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/business/crouchlands-biogas-in-adminstration-1-8091744

2017-07-04 12:36:47 +0100

MONDAY, 10th JULY 2017 - from 4pm until 6pm.
Come walk / cycle / run / ride down Foxbridge Lane, Plaistow, West Sussex RH14 0LB.
Show your opposition to the unapproved Crouchland Biogas expansion.
Bring your dogs (on leashes), ride your horses or bicycles,...

Bring cash to buy Afternoon Tea from our Pop-Up Stall.
Even if it rains, put on your mac & wellies and show up.
All money raised goes to the Parish Councils Planning Appeal Fund to pay for legal and expert representation in the Crouchland Biogas Inquiry.

The Parish Councils represent our communities.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.
Any Donations to the Appeal Fund or Pop-up Stall are Welcome.
For More Information Email: help@pore.org.uk

2017-07-04 12:24:48 +0100

FOXBRIDGE LANE, PLAISTOW RH14 0LB
(PLAISTOW & IFOLD –and– KIRDFORD PARISH COUNCILS)
MONDAY, 10th JULY (4pm - 6pm)
To All Residents: (including children, grand-parents, friends,...), show your opposition to the Crouchland Biogas expansion. Bring your dogs (on leashes), ride your horses or bicycles,...
Bring cash to buy Afternoon Tea from our Pop-Up Stall. Even if it rains, put on your mac and wellies. Support Your Community.

All money raised goes to the Parish Councils Planning Appeal Fund to pay for legal & expert representation in the Crouchland Biogas Inquiry.

Any Donations to the Appeal Fund or Pop-up Stall Welcome.
E: help@pore.org.uk

2017-07-04 12:22:51 +0100

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2017-05-12 06:56:03 +0100

The only acceptable outcome of this Inquiry for our communities is where Crouchland Biogas are forced to return to their lawfully obtained planning permissions reverting to an on-farm use only AD unit. Anything other than that will make a mockery of planning law and give opportunity to every other unscrupulous landowner to abuse the planning and subsidies systems.

2017-05-11 16:02:33 +0100

A 6 day Inquiry is now 10 days for considering the unauthorised expansion of the on-farm AD unit at Crouchland Farm. As at July 2016 , Crouchland Biogas Ltd. has received over £4million in RHI government subsidy and can therefore easily afford spiralling legal costs. The Parish Councils however must fundraise. Please donate to their PLANNING APPEAL FUND to help Plaistow & Ifold and Kirdford Parish Councils cover costs of expert and legal representation at the Crouchland Inquiry.
Cheque payable to Plaistow Village Trust (Registered Address: Brackenhurst, The Street, Plaistow, West Sussex, RH14 0PT); or
Bank Transfer: Sort Code – 090154 — Account No.: 01113280 — Account Name: The Plaistow Village Trust — Ref: APPEAL.
Don’t Forget Your Charity Gift Aid Declaration: https://ifolduk.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/planning-appeal-fund-page2.jpg

2017-04-24 09:58:46 +0100

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2017-04-24 09:48:59 +0100

The matter of the unauthorised expansion of the anaerobic digester plant at Crouchlands Farm is finally being considered at a public Planning Inquiry. The INQUIRY for the last three Appeals against Enforcement and Planning Refusal begins Tuesday, 25 April. WSCC, CDC, Plaistow & Ifold and Kirdford Parish Councils, with their legal representatives and independent experts are taking part. The main issues in this case are the effects of the development on:
- Highway Safety;
- the living conditions of nearby residents;
- the rural character of the area; and
- how the location relates to adopted Planning Policy on the siting of waste facilities.

DATES (10am - 5pm) over 7 non-consecutive days: Apr 25 - 28; May 3 - May; and 12 May.

SHOW COMMUNITY SUPPORT
ATTEND ALL OR ANY OF THE DAYS

ADDRESS: The Conference Suite, Brinsbury Campus, Stane Street, North Heath, Pulborough RH20 1DL
Directions: https://chichester.ac.uk/content/how-get-here-brinsbury

2017-04-10 13:48:38 +0100

31 March 2017: The February appointment of Trevor Gamble as a Director enables Farm Fuel to continue operating as normal and Parishes are still subjected to unreasonable levels of HGV traffic from a plant operating in part unlawfully.

2017-04-10 13:47:21 +0100

31 Mar 2017: The Traffic Commissioners Inquiry: Farm Fuel Ltd. admitted multiple breaches to the hours of their Woking Operating Centre and explained this was because they thought they could leave at 6am, rather than 6.30am. Farm Fuel agreed HGVs have been travelling at approx. 4am through Parishes and parking overnight at Link Farm in Pulborough. The Traffic Commissioner concurred that trailers were not prevented from being used by a contractor during the suspension period and that it was only tractor units that could not be used. Leon Mekitarian attended as a representative of share-holders. The Traffic Commissioner explained he had not fulfilled his obligations as a Director. The barrister representing Farm Fuel offered Leon Mekitarian’s resignation, which was welcomed by the Commissioner.

2017-03-28 19:25:20 +0100

What is happening?
• 25Apr17: Inquiry into Appeals against Enforcement and Planning Refusal to begin. Legal counsels for Parish Councils, WSCC and CDC, with independent experts to take part.
• 29Mar17: Director Farm Fuel faces suspension, curtailment or disqualification of operator's licence in new Traffic Commissioner's Public Inquiry.
• 27Feb17: Appointment of Philip Gerrard (also Director, Eastern Counties Finance 1 Ltd, with whom Crouchland hold a mortgage & debenture) and Andrew Vernau as Directors to Crouchland Biogas Ltd.
• 6Feb17: Statements of Case by WSCC, CDC & Parish Councils for remaining Appeals submitted.
• 27Jan17: Farm Fuel called to new Traffic Commissioner’s Public Inquiry for alleged breaches of timing condition at company’s Woking operating centre and allegations of trailers used during suspension period.
• 23Jan17: Crouchland submit 405 pages 'new' documents for Appeals rendering previous documents redundant as they disclose ‘new baseline’.

2017-03-28 10:27:57 +0100

The Planning Inspectorate are holding an Inquiry for 3 Appeals lodged by Crouchland against Enforcement and Planning Refusal. Legal representatives for the joint Parish Councils (Plaistow & Ifold and Kirdford), West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council, along with independent experts will take part. WHen? It will be held over 6 Non-Consecutive Days (from 10am): 25 April, 26 April, 27 April, 28 April, 3 May & 4 May. Where? The Conference Suite, Brinsbury Campus, Stane Street, North Heath, Pulborough RH20 1DL N.B. Brinsbury Campus is fully accessible by all including those with disabilities and mobility issues.

2017-03-27 18:46:10 +0100

our bexit → biogas EXIT.

What? The Planning Inspectorate hearing for 3 Appeals lodged by Crouchland against Enforcement and Planning Refusal. Legal representatives for the joint Parish Councils (Plaistow & Ifold and Kirdford), West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council, along with independent experts will take part.

When? Tuesday, 25 April to Friday, 28 April; and from Wednesday, 3 May to Thursday, 4 May

Time? From 10am

Where? Brinsbury Campus, Stane Street, North Heath, Pulborough RH20 1DL

2017-03-27 17:57:54 +0100

The Princess Royal (a farmer herself) expressed some interesting views on Anaerobic Digestion in an interview with Anna Hill of Farming Today (BBC).
"Government [subsidy] targeting essentially always has a downside – without really thinking through where is the most appropriate place to put these alternative [energy] sources and giving them the benefit of the subsidies. Subsidies always distort markets…"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04xgbn4

2017-01-08 15:04:16 +0000

For a Press Handout please email help@pore.org.uk

2017-01-01 16:22:57 +0000

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4078820/The-great-green-guzzler-Monster-digesters-meant-guzzle-waste-churn-eco-friendly-energy-fed-CROPS-produce-pitiful-levels-power-cost-216m-subsidies-HARM-environment.html

2016-12-16 12:05:46 +0000

On 14 Dec 2016, the Dept. Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced a reformed Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme. Our battle continues to safeguard the proper use of public funds and ensure these reforms include the current Crouchland Biogas AD site, which does not have planning consent.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/577024/RHI_Reform_Government_response_FINAL.pdf

PLANNING PERMISSION: ...all new plant, as well as additional capacity added to existing plant, ...should be required to have any necessary planning permission in place in order to be eligible for support through the non-domestic RHI... This means...where planning permission is challenged or withdrawn Ofgem...will be able to take appropriate action in the form of suspending, withholding or recovering payments...this requirement will include obtaining any planning permission required to produce the biogas from which the biomethane is produced...

2016-10-07 13:53:29 +0100

Crouchland have submitted a new planning application for a mega-dairy. Even though they have been howling about the downturn in the dairy industry. This latest proposal intends to intensify the intrusive, disruptive and harmful industrial operations in rural, countryside Parishes. The poor herd will have to suffer being housed permanently inside an aircraft hanger barn driven mad by constant noise / light emissions (look at Crouchland from the PROW Path No: 643 at night). As there are numerous outstanding appeals this all seems like an elaborate ploy to import materials for the anaerobic digestion unit. In June 2016 the Planning Inspectorate ruled - Importation of waste or any other materials from land outside the boundary of Crouchland Farm is deemed unlawful.

Go to Chichester District Council website and object: https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OCI8XOERJSB00
Or Email direct: dcplanning@chichester.gov.uk

2016-10-01 17:50:28 +0100

It's not encouraging to hear that Crouchland have cash flow issues considering they're running all kinds of businesses from the site of Crouchland Farm causing all manner of issues in the parishes of Plaistow & Ifold and Kirdford. If you want to read an enraging article go to this one in the County Times and learn the paltry amount Crouchland have been fined for a pollution incident of the River Kird in 2013. One of many incidents. http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/dairy-farm-ordered-to-pay-8-000-for-polluting-sussex-river-1-7607298

2016-09-08 13:17:59 +0100

Crouchland are now suddenly concerned about the communities being inflicted by their invasive industrial operations. They want residents to report issues to them. If they are that concerned they should have applied for appropriate planning permissions from the outset and not gone about things by stealth.
To all local residents: If you are disturbed by noise or smell from Crouchland Biogas, call the Environmental Health Department on 0800 80 70 60.
Don’t forget that the outrage is taxpayers fund the unlawful Crouchland Biogas operations because Ofgem pay them government subsidy. PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THIS PETITION TODAY =>>
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/crouchland

2016-09-02 17:47:48 +0100

Please SIGN AND SHARE this petition with your neighbours, family and friends:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/crouchland

2016-08-15 13:46:40 +0100

If any members of the press would like a Press Handout detailing the timeline of events in the Crouchland Biogas saga please email help@pore.org.uk

2016-08-14 15:12:50 +0100

Please keep sharing this petition with your neighbours, family and friends:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/crouchland

Anyone in the UK can and should sign this petition.
Taxpayers fund the subsidy Ofgem pay to companies such as Crouchland Biogas regardless if they have relevant planning permission or environmental permits.
This legislation must be changed.

2016-08-10 20:36:46 +0100

From CPRE Sussex Countryside Trust: Crouchland Biogas: is this sustainable development?
CPRE Sussex is supporting 'Protect Our Rural Environment' (PORE) and voicing concern about the Crouchland Biogas plant in Plaistow, West Sussex.
http://www.cpresussex.org.uk/news/news-from-sussex-districts/chichester/item/2728-crouchland-biogas-is-this-sustainable-development

Thank you for your support!
P.O.R.E

2016-08-01 18:23:49 +0100

Sign this Petition to be sent to Rt Hon Greg Clark MP - Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/crouchland

As at 18 Jul 2016 Crouchland Biogas has been a recipient of £4,359,537 of taxpayer funded, Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) subsidy, excluding the Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) they have also received. Why is Crouchland eligible for RHI when they did not and do not have appropriate planning permissions or bespoke Environment Agency permits? According to Ofgem, who administer RHI, if Crouchland are generating biomethane to the grid then they are eligible for the subsidy regardless of the absence of appropriate planning permissions or permits. Ofgem must amend the primary legislation governing the RHI schemes. Evidence of Council(s) planning permission(s) and EA permits must be required during application for RHI accreditation; and accreditation must be revoked if non-compliance or breaches occur.

2016-07-31 10:51:39 +0100

• 22 Jul 2016: Crouchland Farms Ltd pleaded GUILTY at Worthing Magistrates Court to illegally discharging polluting material to a watercourse (River Kird) on 02 December 2013. The court was not able to allocate time to hear the facts of the case, or sentence Crouchland Farms Limited. This has been adjourned until 30 September 2016 at 10am. The only current director of Crouchland Farm is Leon Mekitarian. The Company Secretary is Kwaku Acheampong Oduro. There has been no announcements yet of the other significant pollution events in 2015 and 2016.

2016-07-31 10:34:07 +0100

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2016-07-27 12:08:33 +0100

A FARM FUELS LIMITED HGV (OWNED BY CROUCHLAND BIOGAS LIMITED) OVERTURNS IN CRANLEIGH
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2016-07-27 12:07:12 +0100

Crouchland Farms Limited pleaded GUILTY, on Friday, 22 July 2016 at Worthing Magistrates Court to illegally discharging polluting material to a watercourse (River Kird) on 02 December 2013. The court was not able to allocate time to hear the facts of the case, or sentence Crouchland Farms Limited. This has been adjourned until 30 September 2016 at 10am.
The only current director of Crouchland Farm Limited is Leon Mekitarian. The Company Secretary is Kwaku Acheampong Oduro. There has been no mention yet of the significant pollution events in 2015 and 2016.

2016-07-13 18:39:04 +0100

A new PM and, hopefully, a new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change: With a new Prime Minister appointed as of Wednesday 13 July 2016 and a new cabinet about to be announced, let's hope that brings a newly appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) who will, once and for all, cease payment of Ofgem RHI subsidies (taxpayer funds) to companies such as Crouchland Biogas Ltd. who did not obtain planning permissions.

2016-06-22 17:45:40 +0100

The Appeal by Crouchland Biogas Limited against the Lawful Development Certificate issued by West Sussex County Council is only in part.....Conclusions:
For the reasons given ... I conclude,... that the Council’s refusal to grant a certificate of lawful use or development in respect of the two metal containers to aid gas conditioning for biogas plant, ... and the conditioning and exportation of biogas was not well-founded and that the appeal in respect of these items and activity should succeed. ...

In respect of the separator and the flare, ..., and the importation of waste and any other materials for anaerobic digestion from land outside the boundaries of Crouchland Farm a...., I conclude that the Council’s refusal to grant a certificate of lawful use or development in respect of these items and activity was well-founded and that the appeal should fail....
Click Here to read the complete Appeal Decision: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?Caseid=3137735&CoID=0

2016-06-07 13:26:45 +0100

Recent Events:
• 27 May 2016: Crouchland solicitors sought an adjournment to the Environment Agency's case. They requested end of July but Worthing Magistrates Court agreed to an adjournment only until 24 June.
• 17 May 2016: The Traffic Inquiry into Farm Fuel Limited reconvened. Decision pending.
• 11-12 May 2016: The crouchland Biogas Appeal against the Cert. of Lawfulness issued to them by WSCC was heard in Chichester by the Planning Inspectorate. The room was full of QC's, barristers and solicitors. A decision is pending.
• 29 April 2016: The Environment Agency announced legal proceedings against Crouchland Farms Ltd in relation to December 2013 pollution of the River Kird. Crouchland Farms Ltd and Crouchland Biogas are linked; Leon Mekitarian is Director of both and Angus Cameron was former Director of Crouchland Farms Ltd resigning in 2013.
The EA have not yet made any announcements on the 2015 and 2016 significant pollution incidents.

2016-05-23 20:08:00 +0100

Friday, 27th May from 10am, The Environment Agency vs Crouchland Farms Limited, in relation to the pollution of the River Kird in December 2013. The matter is due to be heard at Worthing Magistrates Court, The Law Courts, Christchurch Road, Worthing BN11 1JE. The public may attend. The nearest Car Park is NCP Union Place BN11 1LG

2016-05-04 16:32:12 +0100

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2016-05-04 15:56:19 +0100

The ENVIRONMENT AGENCY has initiated legal proceedings against Crouchland Farms Limited, in relation to the pollution of the River Kird in December 2013. The matter is due to be heard at Worthing Magistrates Court on 27 May 2016. Crouchland Farms Ltd. and Crouchland Biogas Ltd. activities are inextricably linked; Leon Mekitarian is director of both and Angus Cameron was also a Director of both, but retired from the Crouchland Farm Ltd. Clearly Crouchland Farms Limited is taking the rap on this one and we may yet see the Crouchland Farm landowner, William Luttman Johnson in court.
No news yet on the other significant pollution incidents in 2015 and 2016 - it must be hard for the EA to keep up.

2016-04-27 16:58:24 +0100

The original intention of this petition was to urge West Sussex County Council to refuse a retrospective planning application. That was ultimately the decision taken the WSCC planning committee 3rd March 2015. But if you read through the timeline on this page, you will see that the fight is ongoing and far from over. The Hearing for the Crouchland Biogas appeal of the Certificate of lawfulness is scheduled for Thursday 12th May 2016 from 10am and is expected to continue on to Friday, 13th May in The Assembly Room, The Council House, North Street, Chichester PO19 1LQ.
A large presence of people from our Parishes at the hearing will emphasize again, the level of our concern. Plaistow & Ifold and Kirdford Parish Councils, representing the Parish communities, will be fully represented by a legal team, barrister and AD Expert during the hearing. P.O.R.E will also speak.

2016-04-20 11:43:26 +0100

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990
APPEAL UNDER SECTION 195
Site Address: Crouchland Farm, Rickmans Lane, Kirdford, West Sussex, RH14 0LE
Description of development: Certificate of lawfulness for the proposed use as an Anaerobic Digestion facility with unrestricted throughput of imported waste or other material and the export of gas and digestate.
Application reference: WSCC/036/15/PS
Appellant's name: Crouchland Biogas Ltd.
Appeal reference: Appeal APP/P3800/X/15/3137735

2016-04-20 11:40:50 +0100

The Hearing for the Crouchland Biogas appeal of the Certificate of lawfulness is scheduled for Thursday 12th May 2016 from 10am and is expected to continue on to Friday, 13th May in The Assembly Room, The Council House, North Street, Chichester PO19 1LQ.
Residents are urged to attend. A large presence of people from our Parishes at the hearing will emphasize again, the level of our concern.
Plaistow & Ifold and Kirdford Parish Councils, representing the Parish communities, will be fully represented by a legal team, barrister and AD Expert during the hearing. P.O.R.E (our local community action group) has made representation and will also speak on our behalf.

Email IfoldUK@icloud.com if you plan to attend so that The Planning Inspectorate may be informed of expected numbers.

The Assembly Rooms are fully accessible by all including those with disabilities and mobility issues. Please advise if you require a disabled parking space or assistance on the day.

2016-04-12 15:10:44 +0100

Companies House filings 6 Apr 2016: Termination of appointment of Barry Stewart Evans as a director of Crouchland Biogas Limited on 29 March 2016. It is not known if Barry Evans has also relinquished his shares in Crouchland Biogas Ltd. He remains a director of Gas Bus Alliance who, as part of Gas Alliance Group, is noted as fuel provider for several gas bus companies for the £30million low emission bus (LEB) scheme in the UK, funded by Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). It appears that significant government subsidy is still a major factor for the viability of these businesses.

2016-04-12 13:10:57 +0100

Barry Evans resigned his directorship from Crouchland Biogas limited on 29 March 2016. It is not yet known if he has also relinquished his shares in the company. https://www.facebook.com/poreorg/posts/1701879656718639:0"

2016-04-06 15:14:08 +0100

GAS ALLIANCE GROUP STOP USING BIOMETHANE FROM CROUCHLAND BIOGAS LTD OR CROUCHLAND FARMS LTD!
For those who have not yet had a copy, and for readers from further afield, PORE are happy to make public a copy of a letter received by a local resident and are pleased to note that the Gas Alliance Group have advised that they no longer take biomethane from Crouchland Biogas. They don’t give a reason for this, but we hope it is because they have recognised the environmental and planning issues with the site.

Whilst pleased that the Gas Alliance Group (including Gas Bus Alliance) have apparently seen sense, readers might wish to question the timing and permanence of this announcement in the knowledge that the Government office for Low Emission Vehicles is currently considering tenders for the Low Emission Bus Scheme. https://www.facebook.com/poreorg/posts/1699246670315271:0

2016-04-02 17:16:09 +0100

Actress, Julie Walter's with her farmer husband Grant Roffey, go public:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3511059/Julie-Walters-war-biofuel-plant-near-rural-idyll-Actress-blasts-facility-killing-wildlife-emits-stench-strong-people-t-sit-gardens.html

2016-03-26 11:09:44 +0000

The original intention of this petition was to urge West Sussex County Council to refuse a retrospective planning application. That was ultimately the sound decision made by the WSCC planning committee 3rd March 2015. But if you read through the timeline on this page, you will see that the fight is ongoing and far from over. The Parishes of Plaistow & Ifold and Kirdford with surrounding communities thank you for taking the time to read about this travesty unfolding in our rural area. We note that even in the past weeks and months people continue to support our fight against Crouchland Biogas Limited by signing this petition. We hope you will too.

2016-03-26 10:02:50 +0000

Don't forget to bid on something fab! Funds continue to be raised for expert and legal representation to oppose the 4 appeals Crouchland Biogas Limited has lodged with the Planning Inspectorate. To date over £50,000 has been raised and auction pledges are now over £1,600. If you too have an item or service you would like to donate, contact the auction administrator:
http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/crouchlandbiogasappealsfundraisingevent#none

2016-03-10 12:08:16 +0000

P.O.R.E IS RUNNING AN ONLINE AUCTION AND IT IS OPEN FOR BIDDING!
Community campaign group P.O.R.E is fundraising for legal and expert representation at four Crouchland Biogas appeal hearings. The Auction will conclude at 6pm on Thursday, 21st April 2016.

Click HERE to go to the AUCTION:
http://www.jumblebee.co.uk/crouchlandbiogasappealsfundraisingevent

To put the size of this system into perspective… [Crouchland Biogas Ltd.] built one of the largest biogas refining installations in the UK. …there are only 5 units in Europe that are the same size or larger. (AD Expert)

Retrospective Planning permission was refused and 2 enforcement were issued. However, Crouchland Biogas Limited have lodged four Appeals with the Planning Inspectorate.

Plaistow & Ifold -and- Kirdford Parishes with surrounding communities are UNITED in fighting the appeals.

For more information go to these links: P.O.R.E Facebook page: www.facebook.com/poreorg -or- P.O.R.E website: www.pore.org.uk

2016-03-10 11:43:52 +0000

Read this update from Plaistow & Ifold Parish Council regarding the Crouchland Biogas appeal of their Certificate of Lawfulness (issued by West Sussex County Council) to be heard 12-13th May 2016. http://www.plaistowandifold.org.uk/

2016-02-06 10:36:31 +0000

The Director and major share-holder of Crouchland Biogas Ltd, Ewen 'Angus' Cameron, is the first cousin of the PRIME MINISTER's late father. Other 'Cameron' share-holders of Crouchland Biogas Ltd are Angus Cameron's brother, Christopher 'Andrew' Cameron and his wife Gabrielle. This is, no doubt, of great interest to many.

2016-02-06 10:34:59 +0000

In mid-2015 the Prime Minister announced measures to deal with the over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies (Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Obligation schemes) for solar farms and onshore wind. So what of the taxpayer funded RHI scheme (Renewable Heat Incentive scheme) from which the Crouchland Biogas directors/shareholders obtain benefit?

2016-02-06 10:28:22 +0000

https://www.facebook.com/poreorg/posts/1675025949404010:0

2015-12-27 15:20:11 +0000

If you haven’t yet received a Planning Appeal Fund leaflet from Plaistow & Ifold -and- Kirdford Parish Councils, Plaistow Village Trust and P.O.R.E cut and past this link to the Plaistow & Ifold Parish Council website in your browser to download – including a copy of the Charity Gift Aid Declaration:
http://www.plaistowandifold.org.uk/FINAL%20Appeal%20Fund%20A5%204th%20Nov%202015.pdf

2015-12-17 14:18:15 +0000

https://ifolduk.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/parish-council-appeal/

2015-12-17 14:17:17 +0000

BREAKING NEWS FROM P.O.R.E Crouchland Biogas Ltd, have been called to a Public Inquiry by the Transport Commissioner – for suspected breaches to their Operator’s licence, effectively using Crouchland Farm as an unauthorised Operating Centre. Click this link to read more:
https://www.facebook.com/poreorg/posts/1659644197608852:0
Follow P.O.R.E for updates: www.facebook.com/poreorg

2015-11-14 09:15:04 +0000

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2015-11-14 09:14:30 +0000

Register with P.O.R.E to receive updates and find out about the Plaistow & Ifold Parish Council, Kirdford Parish Council, The Plaistow Village Trust and P.O.R.E Planning Appeal Fund.
http://www.pore.org.uk

2015-11-14 09:13:51 +0000

Crouchland Biogas have now submitted 4 Appeals to The Planning Inspectorate. They're appealing the two Enforcement Notices issued by Chichester District Council (July 2015); the Retrospective Planning refusal by WSCC planning committee (3rd March 2015 ) and the Certificate of Lawful Use determined by WSCC planning committee (29th September 2015).

APP/L3815/C/15/3133236 Enforcement Notice Appeal: installation of a biogas digestion tank (etc)... LEAD CASE

APP/L3815/C/15/3133237 Enforcement Notice Appeal: change of use to a mixed use for agriculture and...

APP/P3800/W/15/3134445 Planning Appeal ( W ): Proposed upgrade of an existing anaerobic digestion...

APP/P3800/X/15/3137735 Lawful Development Certificate Appeal: The use of the items of operational development...

2015-10-26 11:59:25 +0000

Despite refusal of retrospective planning and an amended Certificate of Lawful Use issued (excluding the conditioning and export of biogas; the importation of waste and any other materials for anaerobic digestion; -and- many items of unlawful development); Crouchland have lodged appeals with the Planning Inspectorate against the 2 Enforcement Notices issued by Chichester District Council 16th July 2015 (to dismantle all equipment installed without planning permission and to stop operating as a commercial biogas plant); and retrospective planning refusal by West Sussex County Council 3rd March 2015. It's expected that Crouchland will also appeal the Certificate of Lawful Use.
PLAISTOW & IFOLD PARISH COUNCIL, KIRDFORD PARISH COUNCIL, PLAISTOW VILLAGE TRUST AND P.O.R.E ARE UNITED IN OPPOSITION TO THE APPEALS.

2015-10-19 15:55:35 +0100

Write to the Planning Inspectorate by 23Oct2015 to object the Crouchland Biogas appeal of 2 Chichester District Council enforcement notices. For help download a word doc format. Included are 3 reference nos. that must be quoted on each letter page. You must mail 3 copies of your letter.
click here for Word 97-2004 Document (.doc) letter
https://ifolduk.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/dont-forget-letter-to-the-planning-inspectorate-by-23rd-oct-re-crouchland/planning-inspectorate-crouchland-word-97-2004-document-doc/
OR;
click here for .docx Document format (.docx)
https://ifolduk.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/dont-forget-letter-to-the-planning-inspectorate-by-23rd-oct-re-crouchland/planning-inspectorate-crouchland-biogas/

2015-10-19 15:53:46 +0100

Please write to the Planning Inspectorate to object the Crouchland Biogas appeal of 2 Chichester District Council enforcement notices. The planning Inspectorate must receive your letter by 23 Oct 2015. Download a word document formats to help you write your letter.
Included are the “3 references” that must be quoted on each page of your letter. You must mail “3 copies” of your letter.

click here for the Letter to the Planning Inspectorate re: Crouchland Biogas Word 97-2004 Document (.doc)
https://ifolduk.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/dont-forget-letter-to-the-planning-inspectorate-by-23rd-oct-re-crouchland/planning-inspectorate-crouchland-word-97-2004-document-doc/
OR;
click here for the Letter to the Planning Inspectorate re: Crouchland Biogas .docx Document format (.docx)
https://ifolduk.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/dont-forget-letter-to-the-planning-inspectorate-by-23rd-oct-re-crouchland/planning-inspectorate-crouchland-biogas/

2015-10-16 16:03:33 +0100

Crouchland Biogas have appealed the Chichester District Council 2 enforcement notices. It’s important people write to the Planning Inspectorate by the 23rd October 2015 and state your objection. You MUST send 3 COPIES of your written letter -AND- quote each of the following 3 reference numbers on each page of your letter:
APP/L3815/C/15/3133236
APP/L3815/C/15/3133237
Chichester District Council Case Number: PS/13/00015/CONCOU

Address: Mr Ben White, The Planning Inspectorate, 3/23 Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN
Alternatively Email, but remember, quote all 3 reference numbers: teame2@pins.gsi.gov.uk

2015-10-09 15:17:15 +0100

Crouchland Biogas have Appealed 2 enforcement notices issued by Chichester District Council. We OBJECT to the unauthorised development of the site, from an on-farm Anaerobic Digestion facility to generate electricity; to an industrial-scale operation producing gas and digestate exported by tanker, with huge importations of waste and other material. If granted consent HGV movements will be year-in/year-out and give Crouchland potential to expand further. Even if you’ve already written to WSCC or to CDC, please write now to the Planning Inspectorate by the 23rd October 2015: Mr Ben White, The Planning Inspectorate, 3/23 Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN OR Email The Planning Inspectorate teame2@pins.gsi.gov.uk You must send 3 copies of your letter and on each page quote: the Planning Inspectorate Reference Ros. APP/L3815/C/15/3133236 –&– APP/L3815/C/15/3133237 –&– CDC Case No: PS/13/00015/CONCOU

2015-08-03 12:57:51 +0100

https://www.facebook.com/poreorg/posts/1621989671374305

2015-08-03 12:57:36 +0100

Update from the Environment Agency Solent & South Downs Area on 23 June incident at Crouchland Farm: EA staff continue to focus on ensuring Crouchland Biogas completes cleaning up the liquid waste pollution which is almost complete. The dam at the lowest end of the affected stream prevents polluted water moving further downstream. The operator’s contractor is monitoring water quality and won't remove the dam until it's certain it won’t cause further pollution downstream. There are still small pockets of pollution upstream of the dam for clean up. We've investigated a new report of 26 July of further potential pollution and concluded it was caused by existing stream pollution being washed downstream by heavy rainfall. The impact was minor as the polluted water was intercepted by the dam at the lowest end of the affected stream. Our investigation continues and details will be limited until all facts are completely understood. Report pollution incidents to the 24 hour hotline 0800 807060.

2015-07-26 16:07:18 +0100

The Rt Hon Amber Rudd (Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) has responded she agrees with Andrew Tyrie MP, that the case for suspension of funding of the Crouchland operations, through the Ofgem ROCs scheme, would appear to be overwhelming.

2015-07-25 09:11:22 +0100

Andrew Tyrie MP has asked a letter he has sent to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP) be shared amongst those following the Crouchland BioGas saga.
He discusses the subsidies Crouchland BioGas is receiving through the Government's (in this case Ofgem) Renewable Obligations Certificates (ROCs) scheme. He notes that one of the preliminary accreditation requirements of the scheme is that the necessary consents, including planning permission have been obtained.
Crouchland BioGas Ltd. is non-compliant with the ROC scheme policy in its expanded AD unit and the exportation of biogas.
This month Chichester District Council issued 2 enforcement notices to Crouchland BioGas Ltd., this follows the March 2015 refusal of their retrospective planning application by West Sussex County Council.
http://www.pore.org.uk/news/2015/7/24/andrew-tyrie-mp-writes-to-the-secretary-of-state-for-energy-and-climate-change

2015-07-20 18:34:13 +0100

Chichester District Council has issued two separate planning enforcement notices to Crouchland BioGas Ltd. which come into effect on the 26th August 2015 (unless an appeal is made against it beforehand) with staggered compliance dates of 1 month for cease of use of the land and 6 months for the remaining requirements. Should the notices be appealed, enforcement action will be held in abeyance until the appeal is determined.

2015-06-17 12:10:14 +0100

Cllr. Ransley (Wisborough Green -and- Kirdford Ward): Chichester District Council published its report 16 June 2015, recommending enforcement action with two separate enforcement notices being issued [to Crouchland BioGas]. The recommendation now needs to be considered by the CDC Planning Committee on the 24 June which if approved will see some action being taken at last! Read Cllr Ransley's Blog here → http://www.chichesterdistrictcouncil.info/blogs/councillor-ransley/index.php/crouchlands-biogas-ltd-chichester-district-council-recommend-enforcement/
Sign the petition requesting Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) remove their equipment from Crouchland BioGas. Why is SGN, a national gas distributor (50% of which is owned by SSE, a national energy company) assisting Crouchland BioGas an unauthorised industrial gas plant, with multiple planning breaches and with enforcement being recommended by CDC? Follow this link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ScotiaGas

2015-05-31 14:10:16 +0100

Sunday, 31 May 2014 – P.O.R.E. report black digestate is leaking from the Crouchland BioGas lagoon this morning. Read about this latest incident here: https://www.facebook.com/poreorg/posts/1600261486880457:0

Sign this Other Petition requesting SGN (Scotia Gas Networks) remove their equipment from the unauthorised Crouchland BioGas. Without that equipment, installed after March 2013, Crouchland BioGas cannot export gas: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/scotia-gas-stop-supporting-the-crouchland-biogas-ltd-unapproved-industrial-gas-plant

2015-05-27 09:02:13 +0100

PLEASE SIGN THIS OTHER PETITION: (email addresses are kept Private - you may always Opt Out of updates):
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ScotiaGas

2015-05-21 12:46:55 +0100

Did you see this recent headline, 'Profits soar at energy firm SSE after bill hike'?
SSE (who also trades as Scottish Hydro, Southern Electric, Swalec & Atlantic.) own a 50% stake in SGN, the national gas distributor who signed a 20 year contract with Crouchland BioGas in March 2013 BEFORE it had planning permission. Crouchland offsets operational costs through receipt of Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) issued by Ofgem. Crouchland sells the ROCs to energy companies like SSE who must show their green credentials. The cost ends up as a hidden charge on consumers energy bills! Why are consumers paying for the green credentials of energy firms? Why is taxpayer money used to help fund Crouchland BioGas, an unapproved industrial plant? Why is SSE, a national energy firm, condoning SGN's partnering with the unauthorised Crouchland BioGas?
PLEASE SIGN THIS OTHER PETITION: (email addresses are kept Private - you may always Opt Out of updates): https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ScotiaGas

2015-05-18 14:33:18 +0100

Sign this new petition requesting Scotia Gas Networks remove their equipment from Crouchland BioGas. Why is Scotia Gas Networks, a national gas distributor, supporting Crouchland Biogas, an unauthorised plant?!: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/scotia-gas-stop-supporting-the-crouchland-biogas-ltd-unapproved-industrial-gas-plant

2015-05-18 14:31:09 +0100

The Environment Agency was called on Wednesday 13th May 2015 to Crouchland BioGas (Crouchland Farm, Rickmans Lane, Plaistow) to test pollution found in a stream leaving Crouchland. This stream runs under Rickmans Lane and into neighbouring farms. Farmers adjacent to Crouchland moved livestock from fields as a precaution. The EA have not yet confirmed details as to what the polluting substance is, if toxic, how it got into the watercourse......

2015-05-01 17:53:11 +0100

PLEASE SIGN THIS NEW PETITION: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/scotia-gas-stop-supporting-the-crouchland-biogas-ltd-unapproved-industrial-gas-plant
Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) are petitioned to remove all of the SGN owned equipment from Crouchland BioGas, an unauthorised industrial gas plant.

2015-05-01 17:51:33 +0100

Crouchland BioGas have reported 'zero' Weekly HGV movements of digestate (the by-product of anaerobic digestion) for the period from 01 February 2015 to 29 March 2015. This is contrary to observations of Parish residents. View some of the many Crouchland Biogas ‘Farm Fuel’ HGV movements observed throughout March 2015.
https://ifolduk.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/crouchland-report-zero-hgv-movements-01feb2015-to-29mar2015/

2015-04-17 15:14:04 +0100

At a Public Meeting 15th April held in Winterton Hall, Plaistow, Andrew Tyrie, prospective Conservative MP for Chichester gave his, 'cast iron assurance' that he would 'persist with the Minister to secure a much better outcome' regarding Crouchland Biogas. Thank you to Mr Tyrie for making time to visit Crouchland Biogas the day prior to the public meeting (unannounced - better to see it how it really presents) and for listening to the community last Wednesday evening. It was reassuring to hear his assertion, 'Let me make this absolutely clear that I believe businesses should obey the law' and that he recognised Crouchland had 'multiple breaches' on 'fundamental issues.'
Thank you to everyone who has signed our NEW petition: Why is Scotia Gas, a National Gas Supplier supporting Crouchland Biogas, an Unauthorised industrial gas plant? Please help spread the word by forwarding the link to this NEW petition to your neighbours, family and friends?
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ScotiaGas

2015-04-13 09:43:44 +0100

15th April at 6.30pm Public Meeting: with Andrew Tyrie MP Chichester to discuss the Crouchland Biogas industrial gas plant. Plaistow & Ifold Parish Council has sent a letter, to give notice that the community wish to understand exactly what action he's taken to ensure Crouchland Biogas Ltd. doesn't continue to receive public financial support for its unlawful development at Crouchland Farm. It's important that as many people as possible attend this public meeting.
The Address: Winterton Hall, Plaistow RH14 0PX
WE NEED MANY MORE SIGNATURES. PLEASE SHARE THE LINK TO THIS NEW PETITION AND ASK YOUR NEIGHBOURS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SIGN: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ScotiaGas

Your privacy is respected. Email addresses are not made public. You may always opt out of email updates or adjust how often you receive them.

2015-04-07 17:33:48 +0100

It's Official: WSCC have REFUSED Crouchland. WSCC have notified Crouchland Biogas Ltd. that they REFUSE their development. There are multiple reasons for refusal listed. It may now be less attractive to Scotia Gas Networks (SGN) to keep partnering with Crouchland Biogas officially an unlawful industrial gas plant. If you would like SGN to completely stop supporting Crouchland Biogas sign the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ScotiaGas Email addresses are kept private. You may always opt out of email updates or adjust how often you receive them.

2015-04-03 07:59:44 +0100

PLEASE SIGN OUR NEW PETITION: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ScotiaGas
We extend an invitation to the CEO of Scotia Gas Networks, John Morea, to come and meet the community and hear (and see evidence of) our concerns. MPs and councillors have made the journey - will you?

2015-04-01 19:22:23 +0100

Scotia Gas are petitioned to stop supporting the unauthorised Crouchland Biogas Ltd. industrial gas plant by removing all SGN owned equipment installed and being used without appropriate planning permissions at the Crouchland Biogas site located at Crouchland Farm, Rickmans Lane, Plaistow, West Sussex. Please sign our petition:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/scotia-gas-stop-supporting-the-crouchland-biogas-ltd-unapproved-industrial-gas-plant
Thank you for your continued support.
P.O.R.E. - Protect Our Rural Environment
If you want updates on Crouchland Biogas, make sure to 'Like" the P.O.R.E. facebook page to receive news as soon as it's posted.
https://www.facebook.com/poreorg

2015-04-01 14:57:55 +0100

Scotia Gas are petitioned to stop supporting the unauthorised Crouchland Biogas Ltd. industrial gas plant by removing all SGN owned equipment installed and being used without appropriate planning permissions at the Crouchland Biogas site located at Crouchland Farm, Rickmans Lane, Plaistow, West Sussex. Please sign our petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/ScotiaGas

Thank you for your continued support.
P.O.R.E. - Protect Our Rural Environment
If you want updates on Crouchland Biogas, make sure to 'Like" the P.O.R.E. facebook page to receive news as soon as it's posted. https://www.facebook.com/poreorg

2015-03-26 16:58:56 +0000

The retrospective planning application was refused by the WSCC Planning committee on the 3rd March 2015. However, to-date it seems that WSCC Planning officers, incredibly, still need persuading that the Planning Committee refused the Crouchland retrospective planning application, as a Decision Notice has not yet been issued! The unusual delay in producing a Decision Notice following the refusal of the Crouchland Biogas retrospective planning application is because: ‘Tony Kershaw – WSCC Monitoring Officer – has deferred the signing of the formal notice in order to give further consideration to the issue.’ If WSCC Planning Officers need reminding, the Planning Committee refused Crouchland on many grounds.

2015-01-31 23:01:20 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-01-18 09:54:51 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-01-16 13:08:11 +0000

A Nell Ball Plaistow resident has observed HGV’s and Tankers coming through from Dunsfold Road en route to Crouchland over many nights. What do Dunsfold Parish Council and its residents think of this new transport route? This means Crouchland traffic is now also navigating narrow lanes through Dunsfold into Plaistow village centre, squeezing past listed Holy Trinity Church and Ye Olde Sun Public House; past other Grade II listed houses on The Street – before reaching Rickman’s Lane.

2015-01-15 13:04:01 +0000

The ePetition now has >400 signatures with many leaving a forthright ‘Reason For Signing‘. Please ask your neighbours, other parents on the school run, pals in your golf flight at Foxbridge Golf Course, riders at the stables or cycling companions... to consider signing. Make sure to leave a Reason for Signing. The more people local to Plaistow, Ifold, Kirdford, Loxwood, Ebernoe, Wisbourough Green, Alfold, Dunsfold... that sign the better the impact.

2015-01-13 10:31:05 +0000

Over 300 signatures and counting moving on toward 400. Check your neighbours have read the ePetition and if they would consider signing it too!
You will notice a change to the ePetition text "Why is this important?" It has been slightly amended to make it clear that the local community fully supported the original on-farm AD unit for on-farm use (and still does). The objection against this retrospective planning application is with the expansion of the facility to industrial size without community consultation or planning approval.

2015-01-11 12:17:34 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-01-10 21:44:06 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-01-10 19:28:37 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-01-10 17:57:50 +0000

10 signatures reached