Plans for renewable energy facility at Gresham

Proposals have been put forward to create a renewable energy facility near Gresham which will convert crops into a source of electricity.

The plans, which have been submitted to North Norfolk District Council by Future Biogas Limited, are for a biogas digester to be erected at Stonepit Hill in Plum Lane, Gresham, on an open field, which is currently used for farming.

The digester will enable locally sourced crops such as maize and sugar beet to be converted into biogas, a gas made from the digestion of agricultural and animal waste, which can then be collected and used as a fuel to produce electricity.

It is intended the local farmers will grow and supply the energy crops, and will also be able to use a bio-fertiliser which is produced while the crops are being converted into the biogas.

The plans are currently under consultation.