Hill Holt Wood opposes controversial Norton Disney animal rendering plant

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Social enterprise Hill Holt Wood in Norton Disney has lodged a plea with a local animal rendering company to drop plans for a new plant in the area.

Lincoln Proteins Limited, which currently operates an animal rendering plant in Skellingthorpe, is preparing to submit an application for a new plant at Villa Farm.

Animal rendering is the process of converting waste animal tissue into purified fats which can be converted into products like rubber, plastic or animal feed.

Neighbouring residents and visitors have previously spoken of fears the factory would emit foul smells and have a negative impact on the area.

In response to a petition set up by local residents, which has so far gained almost 3,000 signatures, Lincoln Protein argued the new £28 million facility would feature the latest technology to eliminate odours.

Hill Holt Wood, which offers green spaces, educational training courses and events hire, has now waded into the debate. It issued a statement to the media to oppose ongoing proposals.

A spokesperson from the organisation said: “While recognising that this sort of facility needs to be sited somewhere it is our view that it should be located in an already industrialised setting.”

Hill Holt added: “It will be situated in the Witham Valley Country Park which is made up of a number of high quality green spaces in the heart of Lincolnshire. The Country Park is a great place to unwind in beautiful, unspoilt countryside, rich in wildlife and history.

“A plant such as the one proposed, has the potential to detrimentally affect this business as well as the lives and properties of the others within the immediate area.

“Hill Holt Wood find the whole proposal unacceptable and feels strongly that the plant belongs in an already developed industrial area; it will also take every possible step to oppose the plans and stand with the local community in their views that the developments will be significant, potentially detrimental and long lasting.”

Gary Hancock, Managing Director at Lincoln Proteins, said previously: “Whilst the concern is understandable with rumours circulating as to why we are moving and given the reputation of an old and outdated plant, we would ask that people wait to see what the proposals are before making a decision.

“A modern processing facility is unrecognisable from the old plant of 14 years ago. The odours are negligible and less intrusive than average everyday agriculture. The move will enable the jobs and the multimillion pound contribution to the Lincolnshire economy to stay where it belongs, in Lincolnshire.”