Boost to King’s Lynn incinerator alternative as funding secured

The proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt The proposed site of the incinerator at Saddlebow. Picture: Ian Burt

Monday, January 13, 2014
2:02 PM

An alternative facility to the controversial incinerator, proposed for land near King’s Lynn, has been given a £100m boost.

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Funding has been secured for the project which will see Chester-based company Material Works operate a plant in the West Norfolk area.

With funding secured work will now start on a detailed planning application for the construction of the multi-million pound facility which will be lodged with Norfolk County Council.

Material Works managing director Robert Billson said: : “We are now set to move this ground breaking project forward. “All the funding from major investors is in place and a highly suitable location has been identified, where we are taking an option, subject to a successful planning application.

“The new plant will generate up to 200 new jobs.

“The opportunity for neighbouring district councils to enter into contracts for this safe and highly sustainable method of waste management means that further plants would be built in the area, creating yet more jobs and keeping vehicle movements to a minimum.”

The plant will initially process around 30,000 tonnes of black bag waste and 5,000 tonnes of food waste per year, collected within the borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, as well as a further 35,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste, turning this waste into a range of construction products and other materials.

The new self contained plant will treat residual waste as a raw material resource and turn it into a usable end product.

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss greeted the news

She said: “This is a really positive development and illustrates that alternative forms of waste management are available at a competitive price.

“The gate fees of £55 per tonne of waste are considerably less than the fees estimated in Norfolk County Council’s Price Water House document of up to £105 per tonne for an energy from waste plant.

“Re-cycling rates are growing, waste will be reducing and this needs to be factored into any ongoing costs. The economics must stack up and represent good value for the tax payer.”

15 comments

  • My comment was somewhat tongue-in-cheek and referred to Norfolk CC.

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    democrat

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • How much more evidence do we need that the Saddlebow incinerator - if it is ever built - will provide value for money for the Norfolk council tax payers? Material Works are not asking NCC to fund the construction costs, as Cory Wheelabrator are. And they are offering much reduced gate fees. The only problem is that they have to ask NCC for planning permission, and NCC has every incentive not to grant it. I can see their application ending up before Eric Pickles, by way of an appeal. If they succeed, NCC will never be able to deliver the required 170k tonnes of black bag waste to Saddlebow, particularly if other second tier authorities follow the route taken by King's Lynn Borough Council. And we now hear that Shropshire County Council is reviewing its decision to enter into a Saddlebow style contract with Veolia. When will the people in County Hall ever learn?

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    John Martin

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Bright Light, I would suspect that WNBC, will have seen the paperwork before this announcement.

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    Econic

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • The contract between the Borough and Material Works was made public during the planning inquiry and there were no compensation clauses. The provision of 200 real jobs, business rate income and any spin off businesses using the products to make added value will be an excellent boost to West Norfolk and Norfolk as a whole in economic terms and how much better is it compared to the alternatives?

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    Econic

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • The SOS might have another public inquiry on his hands. Why? Because the pyromaniacs at County Hall won't let a responsible recycling solution like this through planning if they can help it.

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    Kadmos

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • So sorry - it should read "not provide value for money". But you probably guessed that. While I have the moderator's attention, may I ask why this article does not appear on the main news page?

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    John Martin

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Nice try Del Boy but no banana. 'Funding secured' would suggest that it's a done deal. What marvelous news, eh?

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    User Removed

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • I presume that this contract does not include potential `fines` of £160M+, or £80m+, or £35m+, or £26m+, or indeed that West Norfolk might go bankrupt because of it! Perhaps this post will be allowed through.

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    democrat

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Good news for the public that care for our health environment and public finances.

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    Alan Allan

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Take note Mr Pickles.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Good news, however I can't see NCC granting planning permission without a fight.

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    Bikerboy

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Nice try Bob but no banana. Nick is having you over my son.

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    Del Boy

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Congratulations to Mr Billson and his company, this is brilliant news as long as they can keep NCC out of it, since they will disallow anything that removes vital feedstock for their pet incinerator. Take a look at the minutes of the last Planning (Regulatory) meeting where NCC have just refused planning permission yet again for a 30,000 tpa anaerobic digestion plant next door to the Edgefield landfill site, what a disgraceful state of affairs.

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    Honest John

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Hurry up. I want my fenceposts.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Who do you believe. £100 million suddenly pops up for this plant. EDP ask some questions. This is completely odd, what guarantee is there that it will really be built. The company behind it doesn't have anything in the UK. I know we don't want the incinerator but we can't just swallow what we are told in West Norfolk.

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    Bright Light

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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