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Coursers Farm waste site?
« on: July 30, 2012, 04:56:30 pm »
A planning application has recently been approved by Herts County Council for an anaerobic digester at Coursers Farm, Coursers Road, Colney Heath., subject to Secretary of State approval since it is in the Green Belt.  If you go to Sainsburys / M&S at London Colney then you will know the farm since it has a plastic cow looking at you over the fence by the entrance.  I attended the HCC Planning Committee site visit, representing the parish council.

St Albans Council has asked for this application to be 'called in' by the Secretary of State which means the final decision will have to be made be made by Eric Pickles.  The Council have written to Mr Pickles noting that objections were made by London Colney Parish Council, Colney Heath Parish Council, North Mymms Parish Councuil, St Albans District Council, the CPRE and local residents.  The Council said there are on-going problems of odour from a composting site run by the applicant at Redwell Wood Farm.

St Albans Council believes in the benefits of sustainable forms of waste management such as anaerobic digestion but waste solutions must be spread throughout the District, not solely concentrated on one area.  The Council says that 'past performance of an operator should inform this decision.  Particularly in light of the HCC submission from Veolia Water with regard to the water supply.  Not sure what they are getting at but it would seem to be a criticism of the applicant.  The Council calls on Mr Pickles to hold a Public Inquiry into this application.

Should be interesting!  I have opened a fresh topic so that it does not get mixed up with the New Barnfield Incinerator discussion but it is obvious that St Albans Ciouncil is concerend about all the intentions of waste handling in the area.


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Re: Coursers Farm waste site?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2012, 07:57:30 am »
We are being surrounded! - Stink from the west. toxic fumes from the north, pollution from the south.
Just the east to go....
 

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Re: Coursers Farm waste site?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012, 11:16:20 pm »
Is there not a Green Waste processing facility already in situ on the site?
 

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Re: Coursers Farm waste site?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012, 02:34:28 pm »
The planning document says nothing about any other facility on the site, and we were not shown one at the site visit.  The documents only said about the similar site at Redwell Wood farm, South Mimms.  If this one is built it will take some of what currently goes to South Mimms where it was said there were complaints of smells.  The report said:

the site at Coursers Farm (located within Tyttenhanger Quarry (east and west) (HPO 023)) is considered to be the most suitable in the sites assessment for a number of reasons:
The site is identified in the Minerals and Waste Development Framework as having the potential to accommodate an anaerobic digestion facility;
The site would be adjacent to progressive inert landfill operations which would be appropriate for the co-location of waste management facilities in line with advice within PPS10;(my comment - maybe this is what Big Red Daddy was thinking of?)
There is an existing connection to the National Grid adjacent to the site;
It is geographically well located to waste arisings within Hertfordshire;
It is central and in close proximity to the SRN. The local road network is able to accommodate additional HGV movements;
There is suitable land available in the surrounding area to potentially receive digestate product; (this means the stuff remaining after treatment to be spread over fields etc!!!!)
The site is well placed to receive wastes from London, as required by the RSS (albeit not the target market for this proposal); (My comment - oh yes?)
Preliminary assessment of the site prior to submission of this application does not give rise to any insurmountable environmental impacts or technical constraints.

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Re: Coursers Farm waste site?
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2012, 12:17:59 pm »
A planning application has recently been approved by Herts County Council for an anaerobic digester at Coursers Farm, Coursers Road, Colney Heath., subject to Secretary of State approval since it is in the Green Belt.  If you go to Sainsburys / M&S at London Colney then you will know the farm since it has a plastic cow looking at you over the fence by the entrance.  I attended the HCC Planning Committee site visit, representing the parish council.

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