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Crouchland Farm, Plaistow West Sussex

DATE: 25 Apr 2017

This inquiry concerned appeals by Crouchland Biogas Ltd against (i) the refusal by West Sussex County Council to grant planning permission for a proposed c.34,000tpa anaerobic digestion facility at Crouchland Farm and (ii) enforcement notices issued by Chichester District Council against the commencement of the development without prior planning permission.

The inquiry heard expert evidence on traffic, noise, air quality, landscape and visual impact, operational matters and planning. At the heart of the dispute between the parties was whether Crouchland Biogas Ltd was right to assert that, having regard to the existing consents applicable to the site, it had a fallback position involving a greater impact than the proposed development.

Reuben Taylor QC appeared for the Appellant, Crouchland Biogas Ltd.

Charles Banner appeared for West Sussex County Council.

Gwion Lewis appeared for Chichester District Council.

On 10 October 2017 the Inspector published her decision dismissing the appeals and upholding the County Council’s refusal of permission as well as the enforcement notices issued by the District Council.