Plaistow farm development on planning committee agenda

Residents protesting outside Crouchlands Biogas Ltd in Plaistow. They are against expansion of the farm
Residents protesting outside Crouchlands Biogas Ltd in Plaistow. They are against expansion of the farm

A controversial planning application by a energy company that wants to expand production at a Plaistow farm will be heard at next meeting of West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee.

The meeting will be held at County Hall North in Horsham on March 3 in order to accommodate speakers and public interested in an application concerning Crouchlands Farm in Plaistow.

Leon Mekitarian, managing director at Crouchland Biogas Limited SUS-151202-141841001

Leon Mekitarian, managing director at Crouchland Biogas Limited SUS-151202-141841001

This application is for retrospective planning permission to upgrade an existing anaerobic digestion facility to enable the export of energy to the national grid, and associated works.

The development has caused controversy and protests at the farm (main picture) due to concerns including the increased traffic in area.

It was delayed from Feburary’s meeting after a late legal submission from a group of parish councils.

The full agenda for the meeting and associated reports, which will include officers’ reports and recommendations, will be available to view online from February 20 2015.

Space at the venue is limited so the council is asking members of the public who wish to attend to reserve their tickets by contacting.

Public participation at the meeting is limited and registration for speaking will open after the publication of the agenda. There are a limited number of slots for speaking at the meeting and to be eligible to speak interested parties will need to have submitted a representation to the County Council on the application. Anyone who wants to speak at the meeting can contact Matthew Evans on 033 022 22538.