Frieze Hill Community Orchard

Planning application for the field next door

Many of you will have heard about the recent planning application to build a track in the field adjacent to the Community Orchard. The applicants wish to build this track to enable the future building of a SHORT-TERM OPERATIONAL RESOURCE (STOR). A STOR is a fossil-fuelled electricity generating facility designed to contribute electricity to the National Grid during shortages at peak demand.

The electricity is generated by diesel or liquid gas fuelled generators and this proposal would mean 50 or more large generators operating adjacent to two local nature reserves – the Community Orchard and Silk Mills.

To find out more about this you can read our briefing note and see the Community Orchard’s objection, and those submitted by others, by looking online at the Council’s Planning Applications website and keying in the number of the application: 34/17/0016

Current position

The latest information we have about the status of this application is from the Council’s Principal Planning Officer:

“The application is being held in abeyance subject to the application which it relates to being registered and consulted on. The access is along the route of the industrial estate access & there is no reasonable reason to object. The issues raised by objectors really relate to the temporary electricity generation for which there is no current proposal. Undoubtedly if there were to be a recommendation of approval here the matter would be considered by committee.

The application will not be determined until the application for temporary electricity generation is submitted and ready to determine. As advised already I cannot advise when as this is down to the applicant.”