Date announced for Norfolk County Council’s planning committee to decide on proposed King’s Lynn incinerator

PUBLISHED: 15:05 15 June 2012 | UPDATED: 16:19 15 June 2012

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

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

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County councillors will decide on a plan later this month which could see a controversial incinerator built on the edge of King’s Lynn.

Norfolk County Council announced today that members of its planning committee will give their verdict on Anglo-American consortium Cory Wheelabrator’s proposed incinerator in Saddlebow on Friday, June 29.

The meeting will be held at County Hall, in Norwich, and is scheduled to start at 10am.

There will be 120 seats available for members of the public, 40 in the public gallery and a further 80 in an adjoining committee room with an audio link.

These seats will be available on a first come, first served basis on the day. Parking at County Hall will also be limited on the day.

The county council has also revealed the format of the meeting which will start with a presentation of the final report by officers.

This will be followed by 30 minutes where members of the public objecting to the proposal can speak, 10 minutes for statutory consultees including West Norfolk Council, 10 minutes for the surrounding parish councils, 30 minutes for the applicant and supporters and ten minutes for the local member, David Harwood.

Each opportunity to speak will be followed by the chance for questions by members of the planning committee. At the end of the presentations there will be a debate and a decision by the planning committee.

The authority has said standard time for objectors and the applicant and supporters has been extended in recognition of the importance of this issue.

The papers, for what will be a single item meeting, will be published towards the end of Tuesday, June 19 and will be available to view on

Anyone wishing to speaking at the meeting is advised to call the county council’s democratic services department on 01603 223055.

Norfolk County Council awarded the contract to build the incinerator, known as the Willows Power and Recycling Facility, to Cory Wheelabrator last year.

The county council says the plant is needed to prevent the county’s waste having to go to landfill. It says it will save millions of pounds a year.

Paul Green, speaking on behalf of Cory Wheelabrator, has previously said: “The proposed Willows Power and Recycling facility has the potential to supply electricity to the National Grid and steam to neighbouring industry, which would make this plant one of the most efficient in the UK.

“We’ve held early stage discussions with Palm Paper on whether the Willows facility could supply steam to the paper mill, but at present no contract is in place.”

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman has already announced the approval of £91m in PFI funding to Norfolk County Council to go towards the cost of the proposed incinerator in Saddlebow.

However West Norfolk council intends to challenge Ms Spelman’s decision to approve the PFI funding and has previously urged communities secretary Eric Pickles to call in the scheme so an independent inspector can have the final say.

The council claims Ms Spelman broke her own guidelines in awarding the money because there is not a “broad consensus of support” for the £500m incinerator. A poll carried out in West Norfolk saw 65,000 people vote against the building of the plant.

Anti-incinerator campaigners attempted to secure a judicial review into the process by which the county council agreed to award a contract to waste company Cory Wheelabrator but a High Court judge dismissed their attempt in December.

West Norfolk Council has also revealed it has been in talks with a consortium offering an alternative to the disposal of black bin waste.

Next week its councillors will be asked to approve formal contract negotiations with the group, called Material Works and including a firm called Duratrust, which has developed a process to recycle waste into an inert plastic-like material.

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