THERE has been a long-running dispute between residents and the farm about planning permission.
Villagers even sought legal advice in their fight against Crouchland.
Sara Burrell, chairman of Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council, echoed the concerns of members of the public when she raised the issue of appropriate planning permission for the farm’s activities.
“It is disappointing that local parish councils have had to seek legal advice to prove Crouchland Biogas did not have permission to import waste to feed their AD unit,” she said.
“The legal opinion clearly supports the planning decisions made by Chichester District Council (CDC) for a unit for processing on-farm waste ancillary to the dairy farm.
“In fact, Diane Shepherd, CDC chief executive, has written to residents confirming Crouchland did not have unlimited permissions for imports. This worryingly looks like West Sussex County Council (WSCC) overruling CDC which surely can’t be right.
“The surrounding parish councils and residents just hope common sense prevails, and that WSCC don’t undermine the sound planning decisions already made by CDC.
“The legal advice is clear, WSCC now have the legal evidence to revise their planning report and recommend rejecting this unauthorised and inappropriate industrialisation.”