About Us


Following an open meeting in Leven, on 24 October 2014, Leven Parish Council was given a clear mandate by the residents of Leven to fight, upon their behalf, any and all planning applications for an Anaerobic Digester Plant (AD) at the Yarrows site off the Leven by-pass (A165). The Parish Council was also tasked to engage with other neighbouring parish councils and interested bodies in order to set up a working group and fighting fund in order to oppose any application.

Much opposition and many representations to the Planning Authority – East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) – led to the proposed development dropping away – thankfully.  However, in late January 2017 the threat of an awful stench returned, with an amended planning application for an industrial scale Anaerobic Digester being submitted to ERYC – so the Working Group was resurrected.

Communities Against Digester

Known as Communities Against Digester (CAD), the group includes representatives of:

  • Leven Parish Council
  • Long Riston
  • Brandesburton
  • Catwick
  • Tickton & Routh Parish Council
  • Skirlaugh
  • Explosives experts
  • Individuals from the oil and gas industry
  • Experienced anaerobic digestion operatives
  • People with experience of planning, Civil Service and the Environment Agency
  • Residents and businesses of local affected villages

Following an extensive fight, the Planning Application was unanimously rejected by Councillors on the ERYC Planning Committee in April 2017.  In September 2017, it reared it’s ugly head again with an ‘amended scheme’ – so the fight was back on; much effort (and some financial investment) later, and in November 2017 the application was once again unanimously rejected.  Thank you all for your collective efforts in saving the surrounding villages…

We are now working towards an Appeal that has been made to the Planning Inspectorate, which should come into fruition sometime in 2018.  If you would like to be involved or support the efforts, contact us through this page or Facebook – ‘Communities Against Digester’ or ‘@digester’

We will also be retaining the expert services of a Planner and a Legal Adviser, and a Barrister, to ensure that all avenues are followed in rejecting this inappropriate development, up to and including Judicial Review should that be necessary.

The Goal

The overall aim of CAD is to involve as many local people as possible; to gather up their support; their passion for their rural communities and most importantly their voices to ensure that the proposed development does not take place now or at any time in the future.

For those who are interested in learning more, as well as the links in the pages of this website please see a copy of the Advisory Document provided to the East Riding of Yorkshire Planning Committee in April 2017, which contributed to their unanimous rejection of the plans.

CAD Advisory Document April 2017 V0.3

A further application was considered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 16 November 2017 – also unanimously rejected by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.