Councillors pass brewery plans

The lion brewery
The lion brewery

COUNCILLORS have approved plans by a brewery to build a new tank to store waste yeast despite objections from residents.

Bosses at Camerons Brewery submitted plans to council planners to build the 18ft-high storage tank at their site in Waldon Street, Hartlepool, in order to reduce the amount of waste that goes into the public sewers after the brewing process.

The application for the tank, which will be built behind the brewery’s visitors centre, was submitted after discussions with Northumbrian Water.

It is planned to store the waste yeast in the 25,000 litre tank, before it is transported in tankers to farms for animal feed.

Barry Cuthbert, of Camerons Brewery, told the committee that they had been working with Northumbrian Water for the past two years and that the yeast would be injected with animal friendly chemicals before it is taken off site by tankers.

A larger existing hot liquid tank, which is next to where the new tank will go, will be removed as part of the plans.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously backed the plans, despite objections from residents in Waldon Street.

Objector Jean Kennedy said the plans were detrimental to the Stranton Conservation Area and raised fears that the tank could lead to an increase in “obnoxious smells”.

Labour councillor Robbie Payne had also submitted a letter on behalf of residents in the Waldon Street and Lister Street areas objecting to the plans.

Council officers said the tank would be sealed so there would not be an increase in smells.

Jim Ferguson, the council’s principal planning officer, said: “The tank will be located within a longstanding active brewery.

“It is considered that, given the existing surrounding brewery buildings and other vessels, it will not have a detrimental impact upon the character of the street scene, the brewery, the surrounding conservation area and or on the amenities of neighbouring properties.”

Labour councillor Jonathan Brash said: “We are talking about taking away a big tank and replacing it with a small tank. How can that be objected to?”

Independent councillor Geoff Lilley added: “This is the best solution and deals with the problem of waste yeast. I am proud that we still have a brewery in Hartlepool and hope we keep it in town as long as possible.”

Labour councillor Pamela Hargreaves said there was a fine balance in meeting the needs of residents and supporting businesses, but said she could see “no reason” not to approve the application.

Chairman of the planning committee, Labour councillor Rob Cook, said he could not see any legal or planning reason why it should be turned down.