New Mushroom Farm

and Renewable Energy Plant

Bidwells managed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the scheme and co-ordinated the production of the Environmental Statement for an innovative mushroom farm and an adjacent (2.5MW) anaerobic digestion plant on behalf of client G's Marketing.

What we did

  • Identified the key environmental issues associated with the project

  • Prepared an EIA Scoping Report, and negotiated/agreed scope of the EIA with the local planning authority and its statutory consultees, and kept under review/updated as project parameters evolved

  • Engaged with the local community and key stakeholders to identify environmental issues to be incorporated into the scope of the EIA

  • Co-ordinated, advised and worked closely with the client and the design and technical teams to ensure the EIA process was integral to the development of the detailed proposals, and their development from its feasibility

Result

  • A robust environmental statement, culminating in approval of the scheme by East Cambridgeshire District Council, despite considerable local opposition

  • The EIA process allowed likely significant environmental effects to be identified to the project team at the earliest opportunity, from feasibility to final design resulting in many impacts being avoided or minimised, saving the client and the project money.

  • The scheme is now constructed with the 2.5MW anaerobic digestion plant providing an on-site renewable energy source for the new mushroom farm with residual energy exported to the National Grid.

  • The scheme also incorporates two 1.5MW biomass boilers to meet heat requirements of the mushroom farm

  • The planning application was approved at two planning committees with the third planning committee due to be consented during Summer 2019

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