Together with the vast majority of local residents, I welcome today’s decision by the Planning Inspector to reject an AD plant in the village of Wimblington. This final decision supports the earlier decision of the Fenland District planning committee, and recognises what most local people said to me that this was the wrong location for an AD plant.
Throughout the various attempts from the applicant to secure planning approval, the vast majority of local residents as reflected in a succession of public meetings, together with the Wimblington Parish Council, the District Councillor, the County Councillor and the Member of Parliament, all agreed that this was the wrong location. Even some local farmers spoke out against this site.
Fenland has a number of AD plants which have been agreed without controversy and it is a shame that the company putting forward this bid consistently refused to listen to local people, or the united view of all tiers of local, county, and national government. I am pleased the Planning Inspector has recognised this in his findings and that the fear hanging as a cloud over Wimblington residents has now been lifted.