Worlingham Community Engagement Details

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Copeland Way, Worlingham. AD Plant Proposal - Community Engagement

The project management team have put together some information below to answer your questions about what anaerobic digestion is including; how the operation of the plant will work in practice; the measures being put in place on factors such as traffic and odour control; and our credentials as the project management team.

Local community engagement throughout the course of the project is vitally important to us and we are keen to maintain a close dialogue.

Understanding that any new construction of this nature will raise concerns locally, the developer is keen to provide information and consult with proximate businesses and residents. A significant amount of work has been done to assess potential impacts on the community, which will be presented as part of any upcoming planning application.

Where do I submit my feedback? To submit any feedback which you may have or for further information on the proposed developments, please: email us at coplandwayengagement@parkerplanningservices.co.uk 

Questions and Answers for Copland Way – Worlingham. Proposed Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant

What is anaerobic digestion (AD)?  AD works by breaking down organic materials inside sealed tanks to generate biogas – a renewable fuel. Biogas can be converted into electricity or put through an ‘upgrader’ to produce biomethane – an alternative to fossil fuel generated gas – which can be readily injected into the existing gas grid network.

Why now? The government has set the target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030. There is a pressing need to build systems and infrastructure which reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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How will the new plant reduce the need for fossil fuels? The plant will have the capacity to produce up to 1,000 cubes of biomethane an hour – enough to heat 7000 homes.

This will be produced using up to 100,000 tonnes of locally sourced food waste each year that could be collected from households or businesses and processed at the AD plant. The resulting ‘green gas’ biomethane injected into the gas grid will displace the need for fossil fuel.

What other environmental benefits are there? As a further result of the AD process, up to 90,000 tonnes of biofertiliser will also be produced annually. This is suitable for agricultural use and offers farmers a more sustainable alternative to synthetic fertilisers.

CO2 is also produced in the process, which can be captured and supplied to the food and drink industry to help avoid the type of CO2 shortages experienced last September.


What about air and noise pollution? We are working with noise and environmental consultants to address potential concerns around noise and air pollution.

A state-of-the-art odour abatement system will be installed to the food waste processing hall. The system will create a negative air pressure inside the hall by sucking air into the building via louvres and expelling the odour laden air from the hall via a filtration process to remove odorous emissions. Coupled with the latest in automatic fast shutting roller doors, the release of fugitive odour emissions will be minimised.

A report commissioned to explore if there will be an impact on the local community from the noise generated by the proposed development, concluded the development would have no noise impact on the local community. The noise impact assessment, including the recommendations, will be shared with the planning authority.

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What about increased traffic on local highways?  We have commissioned a report to quantify the traffic and transport implications that the proposed development will have on the local community. This assessment evaluates the suitability of the highways to accommodate traffic associated with the proposed development.

The report recognises the close proximity of the development to Suffolk’s HGV route network, such as the A146. It concludes that the local highway network can safely accommodate traffic generated by the proposed development, without any safety or operational capacity concerns. As part of the planning process, we will share the outcome of this report with the planning authority.

Will local wildlife be affected?  As part of the project, we will improve local biodiversity through a Biodiversity Enhancement Scheme on site. The proposed enhancements will include bird and bee boxes, native hedgerows and trees as well as native species-rich grassland. The planting of trees and hedgerows will alleviate any visual impact which may be caused by the proposed development.

Who is Privilege Finance?  Privilege Finance is a specialist funder of circular energy and climate-positive projects. Privilege has over 20 years’ experience in the sector and one million UK houses are now being powered by green gas as a result of projects financed by Privilege.

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