Greencircle Renewables Ltd, Armagh – Community Consultation

The Planning (Development Management) Regulations (NI) 2015

Major Development, Pre-Application, Online Community Engagement

Proposed Amendments to EWC Codes and all associated site works to existing Anarobic Digestion Plant, at Bracknagh Road, Killylea, Armagh for Greencircle Renewables Ltd.

Purpose of this Consultation

Due to Covid-19 restrictions this online community engagement event is being held for the above project.

Please note that the consultation period will end on 16th May 2021.

The purpose of this consultation is to inform the design process and any subsequent planning applications which will be made to Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.

Persons wishing to make comment to the applicant may do so easily via this webpage

& further information on the project is available below.

If you wish to discuss the project or require more information you can also contact Manor Architects directly on 028 867 483 67.

Note that any comments made are to the applicant (Greencircle Renewables Ltd) & not the councils planning team.

An opportunity to make representation to the councils planning team will be provided at a later stage through the usual planning process.

Any comment you make is treated in strict confidence and as anonymous.

About Greencircle Renewables Ltd

Greencircle Renewables Ltd are a company who work in close association with their sister company JMW Farms to ensure that the complex on which they share at Bracknagh Road – can operate with a carbon free footprint.

Greencircle Renewables Ltd take waste products and materials and convert these into electricity and heat which service all the farm buildings located on site.

This has enabled the site and complex to operate without the need for connection to the electricity grid and allows for the recycling of waste materials for the generation of electricity in one of the most efficient & environmentally ways possible.

About The Location

Nestled in the rolling hillsides of county Armagh and just north east of Killylea village, the Greencircle Renewables site has developed in direct response to the need for a sustainable method of disposing of waste products from both the farming & food processing industries.

The AD plant currently sits on a 3.9ha site & sits along side a pig farm operated by a sister company JMW Farms.

The development is primarily served by an existing access from the Bracknagh Road.

About the Development

The subsequent planning application will be for Proposed changes to EWC Codes associated with existing 1MW Anaerobic Digestion facility served by an existing access off Bracknagh Road, plus provision of new weighbridge and wheel wash facilities and storage tanks.

Feedstock for the plant at present is pig slurry, grass silage and products derived from fish processing with digestate landspread. The intention of Greencircle Renewables is to move away from grass silage especially and compliment the feedstock with a more diverse range of inputs, such as waste from the dairy, bakery & bio diesel industries in particular- all in line with wider climate change ambitions and use of sustainable waste products.

Proposed feedstocks to be accepted will be in accordance with the AD Quality Protocol endorsed by NIEA including EWC waste codes, plus the feedstock contractual agreements shall be executed only following receipt of all necessary permits and consents.

Greencircle Renewables will produce digestate that is BSI PAS110 compliant and although ultimately the aim to move away from landspreading, it may still be necessary to spread a certain fraction of the digestate (liquid) on land within the wider farm site as owed and operated by the parent company JMW Farms Ltd.

The resultant green energy which also comes from the AD Plant, comes in the form of Biogas. Biogas is a mixture of around 60% methane, 40% carbon dioxide and traces of other contaminant gases. The exact composition of biogas depends on the type of feedstock being digested and the Biogas can be combusted to provide heat, electricity or both and can even be used to fuel vehicles.

The proposal seeks to utilise existing road & drainage infrastructure and a reduction in site traffic is anticipated as the AD plant moves to licenced sale of digestate. As a BSI PAS110 compliant facility; it is expected that fewer vehicles will attend for both delivery & collections.

Feedback

On behalf of Greencircle Renewables Ltd thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback and you are encouraged to do so via the form opposite.

If you have any specific questions or would like to receive more information about the development please contact Manor Architects directly on 028 867 483 67.

All feedback will be treated as anonymous & your details will not be shared with anyone.