Dunsfold Park Dispels Digestion Discourse

Monday, 04 February 2013

Continuing to lead the way in the development of green energy, Dunsfold Park Ltd has chosen to work with the Bio Group Ltd on ambitious plans for an Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant.

Located on a low-grade agricultural field owned by Dunsfold Park Ltd, adjacent to the Aerodrome and with connections to the national grid for both gas and electricity, the plant would be supplied by food waste within a 15 km radius – food waste which currently travels up to 80 kms away.

The AD plant has been designed to be installed underground to create a more visually acceptable form of development and will use tanks of indestructible plastic, bunded to 150% of the content so any leak would be contained. Operating under license from the Environment Agency, the Agency will monitor the Plant throughout its operational life.

A reception building and visitor centre for educational purposes, in keeping with the surrounding area, are also proposed and will be sympathetically landscaped to improve the existing outlook.

Jim McAllister, Chief Executive of Dunsfold Park Ltd, comments:
"The application is by the Bio Group Ltd and plans to utilise land owned by Dunsfold Park Ltd and reserved for renewable energy projects. It is our intention to acquire a sufficient supply of the gas produced by the plant to generate electricity for Dunsfold Park's tenants at night, complimenting our existing successful solar farm which is on a similar site to the west of the aerodrome and currently supplying electricity to businesses during the day. We believe that this will make Dunsfold Park the only Business Park in the UK to be supplied entirely by renewable energy, and will highlight Dunsfold, the Borough of Waverley and the County of Surrey's prominence at the forefront of renewable energy technologies."

Waverley Borough Council has policy support for Renewable Energy within their proposed Core Strategy and has already approved Dunsfold Park's two megawatt Solar Farm which has been supplying energy to the businesses on the Aerodrome since June 2012.

Surrey County Council Highways has raised no objections to the scheme, which will generate 10 vehicle movements a day in and out, which equates to 0.02% of the existing traffic on Stovolds Hill. Renewable Energy is also strongly supported by Surrey County Council and this proposal has gone forward with a positive recommendation from the Council's Officers.