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Residents object to Hadrian's Wall renewable energy plant

A renewable energy plant planned near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland is facing refusal amid objections from local residents, ChronicleLive has reported.

Proposals have been drawn up for an anaerobic digestion and combined heat and power plant facility on land near Fourstones, close to Hexham in Northumberland – 1km from the World Heritage site.

However, the application has attracted 91 objections from residents in total, and opposition from parish councils at Wall, Newbrough and Warden, the CPRE, sustainable transport charity Sustrans and Northumberland County Council’s public protection team.

County council officers are recommending the scheme be refused at a meeting next week.

The application, from JFS Park Shield Farm Biogas and Darlington-based agent Rod Hepplewhite, seeks permission for the development on land north of Fourstones Substation.

Two 500kw generators would give a total power output of 1MW from the plant, while the digested material would be reused on farmland as a fertiliser.

The site is 1km from the World Heritage site buffer zone and 1.5km from Chester Fort.

It is also 1.6km from Northumberland National Park, 100m from a site of nature conservation interest, and close to several listed buildings and two conservation areas.

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