Crouchland Biogas Update

Nov 1, 2017 | Local Concerns

It has been a busy period!
Crouchland Biogas went into administration, 7 August 2017

  • The land at Crouchland Farm (circa 450 acres) went into receivership, 9 August 2017.
  • Biomethane (Castle Eaton) Ltd went into administration, 15 August 2017 (Leon Mekitarian, MD at Crouchland Biogas is one of the 2 directors)
  • Farm Fuels Ltd (90% owned by CBG) went into administration, 30 August 2017.

The best news however was saved until 10 October when Katie Peerless, the Planning Inspector  dismissed all 3 of the Crouchland planning appeals and ordered the commercial activity at Crouchland Biogas to stop by 10 November and all unlawful infrastructure to be dismantled/demolished and removed from site within 18 months.

This is the result which we had battled for over the past four years; the common sense result. There has been a committed team fighting this company’s expansion and on behalf of all the community we thank the Parish Councils, PORE, the Plaistow Village Trust and other individuals for their diligent work.

There are now however, some critical questions regarding the financial goings-on at Crouchland Biogas – which must be pursued;

  1. How did Privilege Finance continue to lend £37 million to a failing company without planning consent?
  2. How did Southern Gas Networks partner for 20 years and invest £4.5 million with a site/company without planning consent?
  3. Looking at the Administrators report, the deficit is inexplicably huge. Certainly the most obvious question is “How was this allowed to happen?” by this insolvent company for so long? £37 million total loss and an apparent £11 million loss on a £2.6 million turnover in the last 11 months!
  4. How did the various regulatory authorities fail to exercise an appropriate level of control over this company and instead allowed the situation to escalate unchecked?

We will continue to delve into these questions and expose any irregularities.

Thank you for your continued support – it really is much appreciated.

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