Landscaping improves plan for renewable energy plant

Plans for a straw-burning energy plant in Lincolnshire have been revised to include 10,000sq m of trees and shrubs.

Eco2's latest plans for Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant - photo: Eco2
Eco2's latest plans for Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant - photo: Eco2

Renewable energy company Eco2 has submitted a new planning application for its Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant after its original proposal was rejected in July.

Eco2 has reduced the height of the plant’s boiler house from 32.5m to 29.2m and the straw storage barns from 18m high to 15.3m.

Landscaping, including 10,000sq m of trees and shrubs, is expected to screen the plant from view.

Eco2 chief executive David Williams said: “We are confident we have addressed the issues by lowering the profile of the plant, together with 10,000 m² of trees and shrubs, and landscaping to further screen the plant from view.”

Eco2 is hoping the new design for Sleaford Renewable Energy Plant, proposed for a site between Sleaford and Kirkby La Thorpe, will be more acceptable to planners.

The plans were altered to address concerns raised by North Kesteven District Council planning committee which rejected the original proposal by a margin of 18 to 16 votes, chiefly on grounds of visual impact.


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