Charcoal proposals at Norwood Park Farm, off Halam Road, Southwell, approved
A planning committee approved plans for a charcoal retort to support an existing firewood business, despite concerns.
The proposal for Norwood Park Farm, off Halam Road, Southwell, was approved after being deferred at a previous meeting over reservations about smoke and emissions.
However, after discussions among the environmental health, planning and local ward members conditions were put in place, including reducing the moisture content of the wood from 20% to 15%.
Business manager Lisa Hughes said: “15% would obviously be far better in terms of burning the wood and ensuring there is less smoke resulting.
“Accordingly, officers are satisfied with this and it meets all the tests necessary.”
Local ward member Peter Harris confirmed he was satisfied with the proposal.
Fellow member Penny Rainbow, however, said: “Residents are going to be close to two biomass boilers and they are concerned a retort added in that vicinity will add further pollution.
“I recognise their concerns.”