Crouchland Biogas Farm in Plaistow hits back at council investigation

Leon Mekitarian, managing director at Crouchland Biogas Limited
Leon Mekitarian, managing director at Crouchland Biogas Limited
  • Crouchland Farm in Plaistow was refused retrospective planning permission for various upgrades by West Sussex County Council in March 2015
  • Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council have launched an investigation into the farm
  • Malham Farm also being investigated, say council

CROUCHLAND Biogas Farm in Plaistow has responded after it became the subject of a council investigation.

CROUCHLAND Biogas Farm in Plaistow has responded after it became the subject of a council investigation.

Crouchlands Farm

Crouchlands Farm

West Sussex County Council this month refused Crouchland permission for an upgrade to its anaerobic digester equipment.

The council said it was now investigating ‘possible breaches of planning control’.

A spokesman for Crouchland farm said: “We are not in breach of any aspects of planning control, nor have we been informed of any breach.

“We are not surprised that both our farm and our neighbour’s farm are the subject of the scrutiny of those that oppose our plans to diversify, to provide clean energy, to protect the jobs of those we support and to ensure our viability as a dairy farm.”

We are not surprised that both our farm and our neighbour’s farm are the subject of the scrutiny of those that oppose our plans to diversify, to provide clean energy, to protect the jobs of those we support and to ensure our viability as a dairy farm

This comes after reports last week that both Crouchland Biogas and a farm in Wisborough Green were being investigated by the council.

The council said it was now looking into reports about activity on the farm. The owner of Malham Farm in Wisborough Green, Christopher Wates, who spoke in support of Crouchlands, is also being investigated.

A WSCC spokesman said: “We have received reports of possible breaches of planning control (at Crouchland Farm) and are investigating the matters raised to determine what action could be taken.

“WSCC and Chichester District Council have received a report about a possible breach of planning control at Malham Farm and will investigate the matter to determine what action, if any, should be taken.”