CONTROVERSIAL plans for a green energy plant on the edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) are being recommended for conditional approval.
As previously reported, Arreton Parish Council has voiced concerns about the anaerobic digestion plant, for land opposite Gore Cemetery, previously used for motocross events.
The process converts low-value crops, which are grown anyway to re-fertilise fields and currently have to be disposed of, into bio-methane, which is then piped into the gas grid.
The application is due to go to the Isle of Wight Council planning committee on Tuesday.
The project is being spearheaded by Wight Farm Energy LLP, a partnership made up of six Island family farm businesses, with IW Grain, which has more than 50 farming members.
The development, which would generate up to 1.5MW of heat energy per year, would be screened by a four-metre-high planted earth bund and by the topography of the landscape itself, according to the committee report.
A new entrance with a 35-metre junction would be created 30m to the north of the existing southern access to the site.
Neither the council’s environmental health officer, the Environment Agency, Natural England or the AONB Partnership have objected to the scheme but have issued advice.
The plans have attracted 22 objections, including from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, as well as letters of support from the NFU.
The committee report said: "It is considered the development would not harm the amenity of residential properties as a result of visual impact or noise, light or odour and that the development would be served by a safe and suitable means of access."
• Proposals to demolish the 19th-century Broadway Centre and Los Altos buildings, Sandown, and replace them with a community centre and five houses, have been recommended for rejection by planning officers.