...and now the land at Crouchland FARM is in the hands of the receivers....

Land at Crouchland FARM (over 400 acres which was owned by William Luttman Johnson) is now in the hands of the receivers.

Crouchland Farm trading as normal, while buyers sought for freehold land.

Receivers at FRP Advisory appointed over farmland.

Jason Baker and Alastair Massey, partners at FRP Advisory, the business advisory firm, have been appointed as Law of Property Act receivers ("LPA Receivers") over the freehold land known as Crouchland Farm ("Crouchland Farm") abutting to, but excluding the farmhouse property.

The farming activities continue as normal over Crouchland Farm, based in Billingshurst, near Plaistow, West Sussex, while the LPA Receivers encourage interested parties in the freehold land to make early contact. The land totals an area of over 400 acres.

The appointment of LPA Receivers over Crouchland Farm follows the the separate appointment on 7 August 2017 of FRP Advisory partners Jason Baker and Alastair Massey, as joint administrators to Crouchland Biogas Limited (“Crouchland Biogas” or “the Company”), a renewable energy producer based in Plaistow, West Sussex. The Company produces energy from an anaerobic digestion plant based on Crouchland Farm. The joint administrators continue to trade the business and retain its 11 staff while seeking new investment and ownership, while maintaining an on-going evaluation of the financial position of the Company in the interests of creditors.

Since inception the plant has produced over 106 GIga Watt hours of electricity, the equivalent power to heat over 100,000 British homes. Feedstock for the plant is sourced locally from the land on the farm and surrounding areas.

More recently the energy business has faced changes in the funding system for renewable energy coupled with pricing declines in the wholesale electricity market. Pressure on Crouchland Biogas' cash-flow became unsustainable under its current financial structure, leaving no viable alternative for ongoing trading other than to seek the protection of administration while marketing the business and assets for sale.
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Contact - Morgan Rossiter:
James Rossiter, Tania Wild, Sarah Cooper-Lesadd
frp@morganrossiter.com

Farmers Weekly announcement; http://www.fwi.co.uk/business/west-sussex-farm-ad-business-goes-administration.htm

And listen to Radio Sussex interview; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p059wlk6 from Wednesday morning, (from 1.44 - 1.47 minutes)

CROUCHLAND BIOGAS GOES INTO ADMINISTRATION............

So many questions now present themselves, but the fact remains that Crouchland Biogas is in administration.

http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/business/crouchlands-biogas-in-adminstration-1-8091744

Crouchland Biogas Limited in administration

Administrators at FRP Advisory seek buyers for the biogas business while continuing to trade

Jason Baker and Alastair Massey, partners at FRP Advisory have been appointed as joint administrators to Crouchland Biogas Limited (“Crouchland Biogas” or “the Company”), a renewable energy producer from a plant in West Sussex. The joint administrators continue to trade the business and retain its 11 staff while seeking new investment and ownership. 

The Company, based in Dunsfold, Surrey, has been producing energy since January 2010 from an anaerobic digestion plant at Crouchland Farm in Billingshurst, near Plaistow.  Since inception the plant has produced over 106 GIga Watt hours of electricity, the equivalent power to heat over 100,000 British homes. Feedstock for the plant is sourced locally from the land on the farm and surrounding areas. 

More recently the business has faced changes in the funding system for renewable energy coupled with pricing declines in the wholesale electricity market. Pressure on Crouchland Biogas' cash-flow became unsustainable under its current financial structure, leaving no viable alternative for ongoing trading other than to seek the protection of administration while marketing the business and assets for sale.

Administrators at FRP Advisory were appointed to the Company on 7 August 2017 and all 11 staff have been retained while new investment for the business is sought. The joint administrators will continue to evaluate the financial position of the Company in the interests of creditors. 

Prior to entering administration the Company had lodged an appeal against an enforcement notice from Chichester District Council and against West Sussex County Council's refusal to grant retrospective planning permission for certain aspects of the plant at Crouchland Farm. A decision on those appeals is awaited.  

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Anyone want to buy it?! Our email address is help@pore.org.uk

Councillor Josef Ransley explains how due process lagging behind technological advances, has contributed to the Crouchland fiasco

Our District Councillor Josef Ransley summarises exactly how the Crouchland Biogas fiasco has reached this stage - and warns of further troubles if this is not stamped out soon.

A highly recommended read for you all;

http://www.chichesterdistrictcouncil.info/blogs/councillor-ransley/index.php/when-process-does-not-keep-up-with-technology-advancement/

This monday - does Planning Policy support expansion of Crouchland Biogas?

THIS MONDAY!

Day 10 of the Planning Inquiry

The tenth and final day of the Inquiry will be THIS MONDAY 31st July, starting at 10am, at The Conference Suite at Brinsbury Campus, North Heath, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1DL.

No parking permits are required.

It will be very interesting to see Crouchland Biogas' Planning Policy witness Nick Leaney, from Aardvark EM Ltd, present his case and be cross-examined by West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council, as well as the Parishes' barrister.

PLANNING POLICY DOES NOT SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT IN THIS RURAL AREA WHICH HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTED (WITHOUT CONSENT) WITHIN THE RED LINES SHOWN BELOW.

Fund-raising information for you to print out and give to others.

(See photo above) This industrial site has been built between Plaistow, Ifold and Kirdford and has been in operation for 4 years, WITHOUT PLANNING CONSENT !

The company continues to receive MILLIONS of pounds of government ‘RHI’ subsidy PER YEAR, which is funding their planning appeals.

Do you ever see these lorries on our rural lanes?  (see photo below)

The lorries belong to Crouchland Biogas Ltd which is sited at Crouchland Farm in Plaistow.

The lorries serve the unlawful Crouchland industrial site. Crouchland Biogas have received a planning refusal and two enforcement notices (instructing them to take everything down and to stop operating as a commercial site).

Our two parishes (Plaistow & Ifold, and Kirdford) are now in the middle of fighting their planning appeals, with the tenth and last day of the Planning Inquiry on 31st July.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY!

We need more money to pay our legal and expert fees at this Planning Inquiry. We have just launched a CrowdJustice site last week, with a target of £5,000 and a stretch target of £25,000 - although we need to actually raise £40,000. If every household gave just £12, then we would be well on the way to paying our lawyers.

THIS IS THE LINK TO THE ‘CROWDJUSTICE’ SITE;

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopcrouchlandbiogas/

Please could you help by;

  1. Making a donation (gift aided if possible) on this CrowdJustice site

  2. Thinking carefully who you could approach for funding – and send/explain the link to them

If you would prefer to donate directly to the Plaistow Village Trust then please contact help@pore.org.uk

CONTACT US; PORE email; help@pore.org.uk or 01403 871472;

READ THE STORY; For more details about the Crouchland Biogas saga, please scroll through these sites;

 

Can you spare a few hours next week?

We need some help this coming week please!

We already have 8 volunteers to each do a few hours delivering some leaflets in the area (at a time of their choosing), but we really need the crucial 'Delivery Co-ordinator' who will oversee where the delivery people go! Co-ordinator needs to be able to find a map of the local area and assign lanes for different people to cover.

Delivery people will need a car or bicycle. Easier for one person to drive and one person to jump out (ideal for child/teen!)

Can you spare a little time this coming week for either delivering or for the co-ordinator role?

Please email help@pore.org.uk today, so that we can make a plan for next week.

Our greatest need is for a Delivery Co-ordinator please!

THANK YOU!

Day 10 of the Planning Inquiry

Day 10 of the Planning Inquiry

The tenth and final day of the Inquiry will be on 31st July, starting at 10am, at The Conference Suite at Brinsbury Campus, North Heath, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1DL.

No parking permits are required.

It will be very interesting to see Crouchland Biogas' planning policy witness Nick Leaney, from Aardvark EM Ltd, present his case and be cross-examined by West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council, as well as the Parishes' barrister.

Wonderful to see another 10 donors today, to our CrowdJustice appeal to raise funds for this Planning Inquiry. Please keep thinking who you could approach.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopcrouchlandbiogas/

 

Join the search for donors!

THANK YOU to the 25 people who have donated to the CrowdJustice site and to the many people who have donated at the event last week on Foxbridge Lane.

We cannot acknowledge all the donations, but please accept our gratitude.

Now we need you to think of just one person each, who you could tell about the situation. There are people who live nearby who are down country tracks and aren't aware of the Crouchland Biogas site. We need to make sure everyone is aware - and has the opp...ortunity to donate to our legal fight. We need to tell them what will happen should Crouchland win. Many more lorries; Foxbridge Lane widened; more noise; maybe more pollution events - who knows?

There must be people out there who have the capacity to help this community when we need it most.........let's try and find them and give them a chance to help us.

Join the search!

You can donate here......

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/stopcrouchlandbiogas/