The firm running a waste plant in Costessey wants to use the site to produce and store fuel for incinerators.

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FCC Environment who run the waste transfer station in Longwater Lane Business Park want to change the conditions of their planning permission to store and transport a material called refuse-derived fuel (RDF) which will then be sent to incinerators.

Last month the firm was re-branded FCC from WRG - the company behind a bid for an incinerator in Costessey in 2005 which was defeated by strong public opposition.

The defeat lead to Norfolk County Council looking at a new site for an incinerator at Saddlebow near King’s Lynn.

But FCC said yesterday that the application to Norfolk County Council was not linked to plans for the controversial development at Saddlebow.

In a letter to South Norfolk Council and Costessey Parish Council, FCC said they wanted to start RDF production as soon as possible and it would mean less waste would go to landfill.

The letter stated there would be no more traffic at the site and the amount of waste they took into the plant would stay the same.

A spokesman for FCC said: “The RDF produced will be sent for recovery at Energy from Waste (EfW) plants in Europe and the UK where spare capacity is available.

“There is currently no intention to supply RDF to Norfolk’s King’s Lynn EfW plant.

“The new plant in the building will simply allow us to maximise the amount of value we can derive from the commercial and industrial waste to help meet waste recycling and recovery targets.”

But Costessey county councillor Tim East is opposing the application amid fears over RDF.

He said: “There should be concern. This is an inappropriate activity in the middle of a sensitive river valley.

“The site, lying within the Southern Bypass Protection Zone, surrounded by a large housing and retail development and within the River Tud valley, will create the potential for pollutants to contaminate the area.”

The application will be discussed at the next Costessey Parish Council meeting on Tuesday June 12 at 7pm in the Costessey Centre.

Do you have a story about Costessey for the Evening News? Contact reporter Tom Bristow on 01603772313 or email tom.bristow@archant.co.uk.

12 comments

  • Can anyone tell me why a bunch of Councillors think that they can succeed where private enterprise has failed? If no private property developers have come up with workable ideas then there is no money to be made in any enterprise on this site. The fact that these Councillors are then willing to set themselves up as faux property developers is because they will have access to that bottomless pit - the public's money. Let's hope this is still being argued over next May when the county wakes up and votes Murphy and his chums out of power.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • NCC just want to burn things these days - instead of finding ways of reusing the plastics that we put in our recycling bins, they currrently just ship it all off to a cement factory in Lincolnshire where it is turned into 'RDF' and burnt. By 'processing' this waste onsite in Costessey, they are able to go out to a wider market. Another massive abuse of the waste hierarchy - it's incineration pure and simple... would FCC do this if there wasn't any money in it? No.

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    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Further info to my last post. This morning on radio Norfolk it emerged Snetterton will be having a Biomass plant. Things are hotting up!

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    Choice

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • “The site, lying within the Southern Bypass Protection Zone, surrounded by a large housing and retail development and within the River Tud valley, will create the potential for pollutants to contaminate the area.” Oh dear. The site at Costessey has been dealing in more hazardous materials than RDF such as Asbestos and Clinical waste long before the likes of the Queens Hill monstrosaty was built. Also, FCC's intentions for the RDF are to fuel their EFW plant in Allington, Kent.

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    Mr Pickles

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • No way! Surely not the same Tim East who supported placing the NDR through both the Tud and Wensum Valley's, and supported the Queens Hill development?!

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    Sonzier

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • It seems a coincidence just as the consultation period for the incinerator at Saddlebow has ended this weekend we now see another controversial plan on the horizon.. This again is the wrong location just like the proposed incinerator art Saddlebow. Companies that are linked to Saddlebow EFW site to receive energy seem to be in denial that they have not had talks with the developer Cory Wheelabrator and same goes for FCC. I wonder if we are being very slowly drip fed information but the picture is starting to emerge.

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    Choice

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Yorkshire. If you are talking about NIMBYs you cannot be talking about the residents of Kings Lynn can you. They have many massive plants on the west side of town that are all air polluters. Air quality is now critical. Please forward your address so NCC so they can build the burner near your Grandchildren.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • yep the same Tim East. RDF production should not be started up, the fact that there is no plan to supply Kings Lynns burner does not mean anything, its hollow talk. NCC has a waste bruning agenda, despite not having any policies for it, they just punched it through, regardless of who objected. get ready to vote for Independent candidates next year.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • "Sent for recovery at EfW plants in Europe and the UK where spare capacity is available?" So would this be because counties can't supply the waste they sign a contract for - or because once built they slip planning through to increase capacity to make even more money?

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    Honest John

    Monday, June 11, 2012

  • Exactly, choice, lets ask the people of Norfolk what waste disposal hirarchy they would pay for in their contract, and once they said 'reuse, recycle and reduce', twice in polls over a ten year period, ignore it and force incineration on them whilst talking green hype, thats normal for Norfolk under the Conservatives, not much coalition here.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

  • Erm, sorry to sound pedantic @Yorkshire but what do you mean when you say "does not involve burning"? I know you like to have a pop at 'NIMBYs' whenever you can but did you actually miss the bit of the report above that says "fuel for incinerators"? Can you tell me what else RDF is used for?

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    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

  • The comments below and those of Tim East just about sum up how much the NIMBYS know about the subject they are so strongly against. RDF is produced by sorting waste, just the same process that happens next door in the NEWS MRF but with black bag waste. It production does not cause extra pollution, does not involve burning and diverts a lot of biodegradable waste from landfill. As for sending it to KL - do you really think that FCC will invest money to develop an RDF plant and then pay a competitor to get rid of it? Obviously they will send it to their own EfW in Kent where they will generate revenue from it, as well as the others they are developing across the rest of the Country. Thought Tim East's scare-mongering days were behind him.

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    Yorkshire

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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