Major Development Pre-Application under The Planning (Development Management) Regulations (NI) 2015

This online consultation period will be over 4 weeks from 20TH September to 18th October 2021.

DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT

Proposed extension of existing use on brown field lands, with demolition of existing agricultural sheds and erection of new build storage silos and de-packaging area, and erection of additional Anaerobic digestion plant and tanks, gas upgrading plant to Bio LNG, weigh bridge, pasteurisation plant, refuelling areas, vehicle storage, staff facilities, vehicle wash and all associated access, site works and infrastructure.

PURPOSE OF THIS CONSULTATION

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 for the above project.

Persons wishing to make comment on 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 council’s planning team.

An opportunity to make representation to the council’s 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 primarily in generating biogas through Anaerobic Digestion of farm & food waste. They are responsible for delivering the very first AD plant in Northern Ireland which continues to generate 1 megawatt of power and helps local farm businesses reduce their carbon footprint.

As the Food Manufacturing and Agri Food sectors in Northern Ireland rise to meet the challenge of climate change and impending changes in legislation, new methods of further reducing their carbon footprint necessitates the use of alternative & renewable energy sources.

Greencircle Renewables Ltd take waste products and other biodegradable materials and converts these into such alternative energy sources – i.e., biogas, which is then typically transformed into electricity and/or heat that is provided back into to the Food Production & Agri Food sectors.

All of which helps reduce the carbon footprint of food production generally here in Northern Ireland.

Anaerobic digestion plants provide a very well understood, safe and secure means of producing biogas which can be used for multiple uses, including generating electricity, heat & even for use in transport – as fuel for gas powered vehicles.

Anaerobic digestion plants also transform food & farm waste products into a nutrient rich material called digestate, which can be used as a natural fertiliser or composted further for use in horticulture.

Greencircle Renewables Ltd are proud to play their part in helping the Northern Irish economy reduce carbon its carbon footprint and achieve challenging emissions targets, and this proposal will see significant expansion of their operations and further contribution to achieving emissions targets for Northern Ireland.

LOCATION OF THE SITE

The proposed development is a 6 hectare site located at 130 Carrickaness Road, Dungannon, BT71 7NE.

This is circa 1-mile due south of Benburb, between the Blackwater River & the Battleford Road and a short distance to the south of Carrickaness cross roads.

The setting is typical of a rural location in this part of the country with rolling hills, irregular fields and established farm clusters.

The development site currently houses 2no. AD tanks with associated silo and storage sheds, whilst there was also a previous use on the site as an agricultural equipment & machine storage area.

The location map below indicates the position of the site in relation to Benburb:

The aerial image below shows the current extent of the proposed development site, including the characteristic domes of the existing AD tanks:

ABOUT THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

Proposed extension of existing use on brown field lands, with demolition of existing agricultural sheds and erection of new build storage silos and de-packaging area, and erection of additional Anaerobic digestion plant and tanks, gas upgrading plant to Bio LNG, weigh bridge, pasteurisation plant, refuelling areas, vehicle storage, staff facilities, vehicle wash and all associated access, site works and infrastructure.

Generally, the development will involve the following main built elements: – 6 no. AD tanks, pump & switch control room, material sorting sheds and Biogas control plant areas, plus the usual yard areas associated with vehicle storage, washing and weighing areas. It is expected that the AD plant will achieve a 3-megawatt rating in terms of the energy capacity for biogas production.

Existing boundaries of the site will be enhanced where possible with additional planting of native species hedges & trees which will play a small part in enhancing the biodiversity & rural aesthetic of the area.

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.

The intention is also that Greencircle Renewables Ltd will produce digestate that is BSI PAS110 compliant, and which will be made available for sale across Northern Ireland to the agricultural & horticultural sectors.

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 (as noted above) can be combusted to provide heat, electricity or both, and can even be used to fuel vehicles. It is expected that a significant quantity of the biogas produced will be exported to the local grid for use in homes & businesses across the country.

The proposal seeks to utilise existing road infrastructure.

INVESTMENT

The project investment will see a spend in the region of £8.5 million which would make it amongst the largest AD Plants in Northern Ireland.

JOB CREATION

It is expected that the proposed development will lead to:

  • Up to 20 direct jobs employed onsite in the operation of the plant
  • Between 20 & 50 indirect jobs required in the supply chain for the plant
  • Due to the specific highly skilled expertise required it is expected that this will allow for training and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Expansion and diversification of existing farm enterprises throughout NI
  • Direct Construction investment
  • Direct investment in Local Suppliers
  • Long term, sustainable & indirect investment in local supply chains

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.

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

IN ADDITION TO LEAVING FEEDBACK THROUGH THIS WEBPAGE

A Zoom meeting with a presentation on the project plus a Q&A session will be provided between

12 & 2pm on Friday 1st October 2021.

Please contact Manor Architects to request detail of the Zoom meeting & how to join.

It is free to do so and will give you the opportunity to discuss the project with members of the design team.

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