Straw power plans clear council hurdle

Plans for a straw-burning power station at Scawby Brook’s old Brigg Sugar Factory site look set to go ahead after the council was forced to withdraw its objections to avoid wasting public money.

Planning consultants advised North Lincolnshire Council to withdraw its objections to the proposal after applicants Eco2 North Lincs Ltd agreed to address all concerns, leaving the council’s case extremely weak and at risk of failing.

The application – submitted in 2009 – is for a renewable energy plant, turbine and boiler hall, two storage barns, wood storage building and a lagoon.

Objections had centred around the road infrastructure and access, and the impact on local residents.

Residents’ objections were addressed with proposals to move the Scawby access road 15 metres south on the B1206, away from the dog kennels to improve visibility.

Improvements will be made to the mini-roundabout at Castlethorpe Corner, including the reinstatement of the pedestrian safe island.

There will also be improvements to the sharp bend at Scawby Park gates, including the removal of the highway verge to broaden the sweep for vehicles.

The company will also pay a commuted annual sum to North Lincolnshire Council to keep the route clear of straw and debris.

Brigg Town Council wants North Lincolnshire Council to also consider a reduction from the 60mph speed limit to 40mph from the Scawby Park Gates corner towards the access road at the dog kennels.