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Residents demand “STOP” to the development of a massive Anaerobic Digester at Bressingham in South Norfolk

Bressingham and surrounding villages rally against the construction of an enormous Biomass AD plant being built without planning permission that will put more than 10,000 extra vehicle movement onto single track roads.  

French parent company Engie SA and developers BioWatt Limited stand to make millions from Government subsidies at the expense of the  environment and communities. Feeding the plant will involve 10,000+ heavy vehicle movements through single-track country lanes.  Maize will be grown for the AD plant  creating soil erosion, soil mineralisation and flooding. Maize requires large quantities of artificial fertiliser which contributes 10% of the worlds CO2 in its manufacture. Growing crop monocultures damages wildlife and the soil. 

Growing crops for fuel is not green energy and it takes hundreds of hectares to produce the same energy as one wind turbine.  More energy is put in than comes out. The government has announced that there will be subsidies to stop burning gas in domestic boilers while at the same time government is subsidising gas production from land that could be growing food to eat. There are better ways to produce energy than burning gas. 

The impact on local ecology and biodiversity is now an issue of national and international priority.  Biogas production is not carbon neutral, as some of its advocates argue, it is a considerable contributor to carbon emissions from pesticide and fertiliser manufacture and  lorry and tractor exhausts.  Up to 10% of the methane the plant makes can be lost in leaks and poor sealing. Propane is burnt in the methane production and added to the gas produced to increase its calorific value.  These are well documented issues and have been known for a number of years.  Digesters in other countries have been closed after only 5 years because of the problems they caused.  

There is huge concern, opposition and anger to this development from communities and local councils. The current development will be four times larger than its original plan.  Biowatt hope to finish the construction then get retrospective planning permission for what they have built. Biowatt has used this strategy on a number of other projects. Consultation with local communities has been at a bare minimum with no consideration of the problems that the 10,000 vehicles on single track roads driving through small villages will cause.   

This development takes advantage of an arbitrary feed-in tariff set by the government to encourage green energy. This strategy is wrong because they have failed to take into account the scale of these developments. Large scale anaerobic digesters allow those who have enough money to invest to profit by compromising the environment and the community at the expense of the taxpayer.

Please contact:-

Sue Butler –

William Hudson 07879 666100

Christine Merton –

Agenda for Parish Council Meeting 1st November 2021

Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council

Clerk: Mike Mortimer, 1 Sycamore Close, Palgrave, Suffolk, IP22 1PF

Tel: 01379 641909 


Monday the 1st of November 2021 at 7.15pm

Meeting of the Parish Council
at the Village Hall


  1. Adoption Vice Chair as Chair/Election of Chair

2. Apologies

3. Declaration of Interests

4. To Agree the Minutes of the 4th of October 2021

5. Matters Arising


10 Minutes Public Speaking Time


6. Report from District Councillor

7. Report from County Councillor

8. Standing Orders update

9. Planning  

– 2020/0945, Land South of Lodge Lane -Appeal

– 2021/2238, Wood Farm  

– 2021/2036 and 2021/2251, Anaerobic Digester

Other planning matters.

10. Finance – 2022/3 Budget

11. Flooding – Common Road, Bates Lane, Fersfield

12. Communications

13. Traffic and Speed Limits

14. Website and email addresses.

15. Any Other Matters

16. Date of next meeting

Open agenda in PDF format

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Your Parish Council Needs You

Would you like to play a part in your community?

There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor


You must live or work in Bressingham or Fersfield or live within 3 miles and have no serious criminal record

To find out more contact

Mike Mortimer – the Parish Clerk

01379 641909

Wood chip piles

Free woodchip

The playground conifer trees have now been removed and chipped. The chip is free for parish residents to take away for use on their own properties. Please take from furthest end and be considerate to others in the amount you take.

In the spring, new planting on the boundaries will be done using native species.

Agenda for Parish Council Meeting – 4th October 2021

For PDF version click <here>

Bressingham and Fersfield Parish Council
Clerk: Mike Mortimer, 1 Sycamore Close, Palgrave, Suffolk, IP22 1PF
Tel: 01379 641909
Monday the 4th of October 2021 at 7.15
Meeting of the Parish Council
at the Village Hall


  1. Apologies
  2. Declaration of Interests
  3. To Agree the Minutes of the 6th of September 2021
  4. Matters Arising

10 Minutes Public Speaking Time

  1. Standing Orders update
  2. Resilience document
  3. Planning – Anaerobic Digester
  4. Flooding – Common Road, Bates Lane, Fersfield
  5. Communications
  6. Traffic and Speed Limits
  7. Allotment Meadow
  8. Footpaths
  9. Any Other Matters
  10. Date of next meeting