Update: May 2021 – NKDC rejects the Second application by Lincoln Proteins
On Tuesday 25th May 2021, we protested (in a responsible socially distanced manner) outside North Kesteven District Council Offices in Sleaford as they met to review Lincoln Proteins planning application.
The Council voted to reject the application, raising the question as to whether the plant was needed at all. They also highlighted the “adverse landscape and visual impacts stemming from the bulk, scale, mass, height and orientation of these large scale industrial buildings”. They added: “The proposals have the potential to impact on the setting and significance of designated heritage assets in proximity to the site, including the Norton Disney Roman Villa Scheduled Monument.” “Odour sensitivities” is still an objection the district council has.
Lincoln Proteins continue to argue that creation of 20 news jobs as a result of the development is reason enough.
Update: April 2021 – Responses to the Second application by Lincoln Proteins
As of the deadline date, over 900 objections have been submitted to the County Council by consultees and the general public. This number is rising as it is understood that the administration are overwhelmed with the number of objections received and have a backlog to upload to their planning portal. Currently, we are encouraging those who have not yet submitted comments to do so. The WVPPG are delighted to see that English Heritage have objected on heritage grounds, taking into account the small changes made by the applicant to their second submission and noting the extension to the official boundary of scheduled moment, the Roman Villa.
Update: March 2021 – Second application made by Lincoln Proteins
The situation is very similar to the last time Lincoln Proteins submitted an application. Having spoken to many local parishioners and businesses, the view remains the same – there is no need to have a second facility so close to the Skellingthorpe meat-rendering site and the negative impact on the area and county will far outweigh any possible benefit such as the 40 jobs mentioned in the application (that are NOT new as presumably they are just relocated from their old site) and a short-term building contract.
The new deadline for objection to the second application is the 23rd April 2021. We have included information on how to send your objection and what to include on our most recent posts and the Get involved page.
Update: March 2019 – A waiting game.
As many of you will be aware the applicant (Lincoln Proteins) has failed to submit sufficient information for the planning team to be able to make an informed decision on the plan. The deadline is a soft one at present and by that we mean it is moving forwards slowly as they try to obtain and submit the right information for the decision to be made. Once this is done, the planning team will provide a decision date for the hearing which we envisage will be up to 12 weeks from their announcement.
If you feel that this is not acceptable and would challenge the process then please feel free to contact your MP or LCC to request further information. At this stage we are monitoring the Planning Portal (PL/0036/18) for change and as soon as a decision date is set we will mobilise for action.
The WVPPG are very grateful to all its followers for their continued support and patience. Please do not think we have disappeared.
Official deadline for submission of objections (22nd June 2018)
The official deadline for submission of objections has now passed however you can still submit comments to Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning Department – see Get Involved for more details.
We’ll be keeping our website fully posted with updates on this case…..
Public Meetings & Letter Writing Workshops (9th & 13th June 2018)
- Saturday 9th June (10am-12pm) – The Hammond Hall, Bassingham
- Wednesday 13th June (7pm – 9pm) – Oakridge Arena, Collingham
The WVPPG Comms team organised two public meetings and letter-writing workshops, with a kick-off presentation on our work to date, to provide guidance on how to object to Lincoln Protein’s Planning Application.
WVPPG release film highlighting devastating impact on the local community (1st June 2018)
A video produced by Witham Valley Park Preservation Group shows first-hand and direct from the schools, businesses and local people, the impact this animal rendering factory would have if Lincoln Proteins’ Planning Application goes ahead.
220 hundred villagers gather to protest against Lincoln Proteins’ proposal to build an animal rendering factory at Norton Disney (28th May 2018)
On Sunday 27th May, over 220 villagers from the local area met in Norton Disney to form the word “No” for an aerial photograph taken by a drone, to protest against Lincoln Proteins’ proposed Animal Rendering Factory. Since Lincoln Proteins’ Planning Application was submitted to, and validated by, Lincolnshire County Council, the community have been lodging their objections in their hundreds.
The aerial photo-shoot was organised by the WVPPG for residents from local villages and business owners who continue to have serious concerns about the negative impact of the proposed plant.
Friday 25th May 2018
Archaeological Petition submitted to Lincolnshire County Council: Save the Norton Disney Roman Villa Complex
An archaeological petition was submitted to Lincolnshire County Counil on Friday 25th May, calling for LCC to protect the Norton Disney Roman Villa Complex. Situated yards from the front door of Villa Farm, the proposed site for Lincoln Proteins’ factory, is a 1st to 4th century Roman Villa. The Villa has statutory protection as a National Heritage site however Roman Villas were not single buildings but usually a complex of buildings, temples and cemeteries. We believe further buildings lie in part or whole beneath Villa Farm and if the proposed factory goes ahead, it will destroy these archaeological remains forever (read more here). We do not believe Lincoln Proteins Ltd has shown any reverence or archaeological sensitivity to the site and indicated at the Norton Disney Exhibition that they may use Abbey Field to spread waste slurry. This development potentially threatens to destroy important and irreplaceable heritage and Villa Farm, as a Roman Villa site, should be given the full legal protection (as an Scheduled Ancient Monument) as the Villa itself has.
11th May 2018: Lincoln Protein’s Planning Application has now been validated by Lincolnshire County Council.
- You can view their application PL/0036/18 here and comment here. Objections must be lodged by 22nd June 2018.
Concurrently, the Leo Group’s Planning Application (PL/0055/18) for a £30m transformation of their site at Jerusalem Farm, Skellingthorpe has also now been validated by Lincolnshire County Council and will be subject to a 16-week consultation process.
- You can read their Press Release here.
- You can view their Planning Application on LCC’s Planning website here and make a comment here.
7th April 2018
MPs unite in opposition to Norton Disney animal rendering plant proposal
From Robert Jenrick’s facebook: Dr Caroline Johnson MP (Sleaford) and I met residents, councillors and campaigners today to pledge our support for their efforts to prevent the animal rendering plant, for which an application is expected imminently. This is the wrong site, blatantly disregarding the democratically produced local plan, spoiling open countryside and the quality of life of local residents. There are two animal rendering plants in our area – at Marnham and Skellingthorpe – representing two of only 17 in the whole country, so we already pull our weight nationally and the developer hasn’t provided any good reasons for this new site.
Our Work to Date
In November 2017, the local community came together over shared concerns for their homes, businesses and livelihoods. Since then we have stood and worked together to make sure our voices are heard. You can see a full summary of our work to date in this deck.
Submission of e-Petition with over 3500 signatures to Lincolnshire County Council
In November 2017, an e-petition was created to represent the immediate reaction of the community to Lincoln Proteins’ announcement. In less than two weeks, more than 3000 signatures had been penned by Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire residents appalled at the potential impact on local businesses and residents, located from just 500m away from the proposed site.
Presentation to Lincolnshire County Councillors, 15th December 2017
The Witham Valley PPG outlined their major concerns with the proposed Animal Rendering Factory to a full assembly of County Councillors during their Council Meeting in December 2017. You can watch the five-minute presentation on YouTube (skip to 9 mins 40 secs) or view the document here.
Peaceful Demonstration March, 30th December 2017
On Saturday 30th December, the WVPPG hosted a peaceful demonstration walk from Villa Farm to Norton Disney village. Attended by over 400 people including families with children on bikes, trikes and ponies, it was a clear attestation to the strength of feeling in the community. Local residents and small business owners continue to have deep-seated concerns and feel they are not being given full or accurate information by Lincoln Proteins Ltd.
- You can view the full photo gallery here.
- Look North Evening News report, 30th December
- Rod Whiting Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Lincs, 30th December (2hrs, 1 min, 42 secs)
- BBC News, 30th December – “Norton Disney Rendering Plant: Protestors march against plans“
- Newark Advertiser, 30th December – “Protest March against Rendering Plant Plan“
Launch of new e-Petition ‘Save the Norton Disney Roman Villa’ for submission to Lincolnshire County Council – January 2018
In January 2018, a second e-petition was launched to protect the 1st to 4th century Roman Villa situated yards from the front door of Villa Farm, finds from which are displayed at “The Collection” in Lincoln and Newark’s Civil War museum. Although the Roman Villa has statutory protection as a National Heritage site, Roman Villas were not single buildings – rather a complex of buildings, temples and cemeteries. It is highly likely that further buildings lie in part or whole beneath Villa Farm (read more at Richard Parker’s blog). If the proposed factory goes ahead, it will destroy these archaeological remains forever.
We do not believe Lincoln Proteins Ltd has shown any reverence or archaeological sensitivity to the site and indicated at the Norton Disney Exhibition that they may use Abbey Field to spread waste slurry. This development potentially threatens to destroy important and irreplaceable heritage and Villa Farm, as a Roman Villa site, should be given the full legal protection (as an Scheduled Ancient Monument) as the Villa itself has.
Live Discussion on BBC Radio Lincs Breakfast Show with Scott Dalton, 9th January 2018.
Listen here at 2hr 06 mins 18 secs.
Further to the huge attendance at the Protest March, BBC Radio Lincolnshire invited the WVPPG on to their Breakfast Show to discuss the proposed factory live. Preceded by a feature on the “Smelly Skelly” site, Joe & Oli touched on some of the main concerns of the WVPGG and the 10,000 residents who would be directly impacted if the plant goes ahead.
You will also see our banners and signs displayed outside many residential houses and businesses, as a show of support for our opposition to the Rendering Factory.