TWEMLOW and Goostrey residents have spoken of their delight that plans to build an AD Plant in the area are still suspended.

In summer 2013, Eric Pickles’ state department directed that Cres Biogas must submit an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) as part of the planning process for its site due to its location and proximity to housing.

Ray Brown’s scheme to transform the former MoD depot into an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant was first brought into the public domain in 2012.

The Environment Agency has been considering the applicant’s latest version of the Odour Management Plan for six months and if they were to approve it would mean Cheshire East Council have to review the full EIA.

Kit Tomkinson, chairman of TAG objectors’ group said: “The Twemlow village site is the wrong place for an industrial waste plant, immediately adjacent to homes - with another 13 homes now having been built next door to the site.

"We are hopeful that the Environment Agency will reject the latest version of the Odour Management Plan.

“It would be impossible with this type of development so close to homes to prevent the horrendous smells suffered at other similar large scale AD plants.”