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‘A great day for west Norfolk’ - MP’s reaction to withdrawal of incinerator plans

PUBLISHED: 19:28 08 January 2015 | UPDATED: 19:57 08 January 2015

The site where the incinerator would have been built. Picture: Ian Burt.

The site where the incinerator would have been built. Picture: Ian Burt.

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A Norfolk MP has described it as a “great day for west Norfolk” after the consortium behind controversial plans to build a waste incinerator on the edge of Lynn has confirmed it has withdrawn its planning application for the site.

Cory Wheelabrator has confirmed they have withdrawn the planning application for the Willows Power & Recycling Centre which was called in by the Secretary of State for his determination in August 2012.

The announcement signals of the end of a five-year battle for the Saddlebow site and has been described as “fantastic news” by North-West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham.

He said: “This really is now the end of the road in what has been a deeply unhappy saga.

“There was always the danger that the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP would uphold the Appeal, and the recommendation by the Inspectorate to give the go ahead.

“Of course, it was always going to be difficult for Cory Wheelabrator to go ahead with no site and no contract – but had they won the Appeal there would still be an element of uncertainty hanging over us.”

He added: “This was a brilliant New Year present for the people of west Norfolk.

“I would like to pay my heartfelt thanks to all of those people who have campaigned tirelessly against this wretched project. However, what we must now do is all work together to find a sustainable way of dealing with Norfolk’s waste.”

A decision to award Cory Wheelabrator a contract to run the £596m plant was made in March 2011 by the former Conservative administration.

The county council voted to terminate its contract with Cory Wheelabrator last year but the fate of the planning application still remained subject to a decision from Mr Pickles.

However, almost a year on from when he was originally expected to rule on the case and almost two years after a public inquiry into the scheme first began, no decision has been forthcoming.

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