There are other sites in Norfolk where an incinerator could be built other than King’s Lynn, opponents have argued at the first day of a public inquiry into the controversial plant.

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A planning inspector will, in the weeks ahead, hear evidence for and against Norfolk County Council’s plan for an incinerator to be built at Saddlebow.

In June, the county council gave the incinerator planning permission after a stormy meeting, but that decision was called in by Secretary of State Eric Pickles, leading to the planning inquiry which started at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange yesterday.

While no evidence was presented, opening salvos were fired by the four parties involved in the inquiry - Norfolk County Council, Cory Wheelabrator, West Norfolk Council and campaign group King’s Lynn Without Incineration.

Solicitors for West Norfolk Council, which is opposed to the plant, said they would present evidence during the inquiry that there were other appropriate sites at Costessey, Snetterton and Norwich.

But Cory Wheelabrator, which the county council has signed a deal with to run the plant, said the Saddlebow site was “unusually well suited to the development proposal”.

Natalie Lieven QC, on behalf of West Norfolk council, said there were “fundamental objections” to the incinerator. She said: “It is accepted that there are benefits from the nature of the proposal. However this is not a suitable site to deliver those benefits and the application itself fails substantially in demonstrating that it is. The objections demonstrate that this application should be refused.”

She said the council objected on three areas of policy - proximity, waste hierarchy and prematurity. And she said evidence would be presented that showed there were other sites in Norfolk where the plant could be built, closer to where waste is produced.

She said: “The reality is that the application site is one of a number of appropriate sites in the county, others being in Costessey, Snetterton and Norwich.

“The application site would be quicker to deliver and this in itself has environmental benefits, but that is an entirely self-serving criterion at this stage of a planning application.

“It cannot be a justification for concluding that this is the right site, that it would now take time to start the process afresh.”

But Richard Phillips, QC, for Cory Wheelabrator said: “One has to ask why a centrally located facility at Costessey, which would be ‘remote’ to King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Thetford, would be any less ‘remote’ than King’s Lynn is to those other three urban areas.”

He added: “The application site and its surroundings are unusually well-suited to the development proposed. Indeed, in our experience, it is rare to find a site so well suited to an energy from waste proposal.

“The site enjoys unrivalled opportunities to deliver combined heat and power. Indeed, the application site could hardly be bettered in Norfolk.” Solicitor Carla Goodyear, appearing on behalf of KLWIN, said its evidence would focus on six separate areas.

She said they were the carbon footprint of the plant, the waste hierarchy, failings in the applicant’s emissions modelling, air pollution, the impact of the incinerator on the local ecology and health effects.

Neil Cameron, QC, on behalf of Norfolk County Council, said: “The Environment Agency has considered the application in detail and decided to grant a permit. In its decision document the EA state that they are satisfied that the applicant’s conclusions are soundly based and that the potential emissions of pollutants including dioxins, furans and metals are unlikely to have an impact on health.”

At the end of the inquiry, which is set to last for six weeks, planning inspector Elizabeth Hill will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who has the final say on whether planning permission can be granted.

Mike Knights, from KLWIN, said after yesterday’s proceedings: “We put forward a very strong opening statement to the inquiry which amply demonstrated the many flaws in the statements presented by the applicant, Cory Wheelabrator and Norfolk County Council, the planning authority.”

Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation at Norfolk County Council, which has signed a 25 year contract for the plant to handle 170,000 tonnes of residual household waste a year, said: “We are confident that the application meets all planning policy requirements, that the recommendation made by our planners was correct and that the decision taken by the planning committee was the right one, given national and local planning guidelines. I hope the inquiry can only bring further peace of mind to those looking for even more reassurance.”

The inquiry will reconvene next Tuesday.

33 comments

  • There have been many comments on the numbers present - I asked a member of staff who was on duty inside the theatre in the capacity of usher who said there were 630 seated - it would seem all the mischief makers are old Murphy men with nothing to do-if they were indeed present then they would have been treated to an extremely good presentation by all participants.

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    maryjane

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • There have been many comments on the numbers present - I asked a member of staff who was on duty inside the theatre in the capacity of usher who said there were 630 seated - it would seem all the mischief makers are old Murphy men with nothing to do-if they were indeed present then they would have been treated to an extremely good presentation by all participants.

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    maryjane

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • The EA - another public body with a dramatically reduced post-cuts workforce trying to cope with the same workload - they probably say yes to anything to meet response targets. Altinquirydotwordpressdotcom.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • If the County Council tries to build this in Norwich or Costessy, there will be public protest on a scale not seen in Norfolk since Kett's Rebellion.

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    Paul Cunningham

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • I failed to attend yesterday as it is quiet a haul from here, could not imagine my waste being burned at all, indeed my mandate and contract I have with NCC, given in 2000 with more than 70% of those taking part opting to reduce, reuse and recycle, has been effectively broken by NCC. We will be fleeced for landfill and for an expensive 'bad vale for money' PFI. I will not pay for my waste being burned to pollute others and shall seek somebody else taking over my recyclables and waste should this go ahead and so will thousands of others.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Outside King's Lynn is the best place for this. After all it was King's Lynn council that wanted it in the first place. Now they seem to have changed their mind. Too late though. If you want to blame someone then blame them I say.

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    Mad Dog

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • So those against this are saying you can build it in Costessey, Snetterton and Norwich but not King's Lynn. What sort of argument is that then ?

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    Del Boy

    Friday, March 1, 2013

  • Why is Nunn so desperate - is "asset A" not making the returns he boastfully trumpeted when he flushed away all of those taxpayers' millions on its purchase?

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • JohnFisher just where do you live want it in your back yard? Why is a site downwind of a town on land subject to potential flooding with no road network to link it to all the lorries required to move rubbish right across county the right site, a) because its away from Norwich and they just want to dump their rubbish anywhere b) Kings Lynn is close to Peterborough and its obvious these polluters wish to ferry all that waste to this site as well Have all the enquiries you like if you think the people of Kings Lynn will say ok chaps build it if this enquiry gives the go ahead you are sadly mistaken... Cory Wheelabrator be warned

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    jaroldcanary

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Knee deep you are correct. As I recall Councillors Ian Monson Richard Rockcliffe and Anne Stewart were involved in procuring the Lynn Burner. The problem is not many County Tory Councillors bother to print campaign leaflets because it is a foregone conclusion they will be voted back in power. My county councillor is Shelagh Hutson and she has kept her head down of late. Roll on May..

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Wake up Electra - DM, BB, and pals will not be getting anything out of Cory for a rival operator's facility built in Suffolk, simples.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Knee deep you are correct. As I recall Councillors Ian Monson Richard Rockcliffe and Anne Stewart were involved in procuring the Lynn Burner. The problem is not many County Tory Councillors bother to print campaign leaflets because it is a foregone conclusion they will be voted back in power. My county councillor is Shelagh Hutson and she has kept her head down of late. Roll on May..

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • If the KL incinerator is a success (which it will be) then further plants could be built at other locations - no problem.

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    blue tractor

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Quite agree d. Don't think anyone will get a vote in Norfolk unless they give written guarantees that Incinerators will NOT be built!

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    disolushund

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • I am confused. CW and NCC will not release a list of the items that will be burnt in the incinerator if built. But I have a copy of that list. It was available before they signed the contract. And it makes very nasty reading indeed. I am not surprised they do not want you to know. I will not go into details because the EDP will redact my post but I was horrified when I read it last year.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Kett's rebellion - 16,000 - King's Lynn Corn Exchange - about 200 dropping to about 80 by mid afternoon - Big difference

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    John Fisher

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • If the County Council tries to build this in Norwich or Costessy, there will be public protest on a scale not seen in Norfolk since Kett's Rebellion.

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    Paul Cunningham

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • ps, vote for ME and they will spend the rest of their days in the stocks, I promise you.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Alecto, I was confused on the list of wastes to be accepted, the municipal waste was detailed and, as you rightly say, of great concern but thinking about it I can only think the person at the meeting yesterday must have been talking about Commercial and Industrial elements. I do agree that was very confusing. Much more pressing was why CW will not give information on the type of filters they will use or what data they included in the air flow modeling. Plus NCC absolutely refused to reveal details of how much we are paying to fight ourselves again. Good on Cllr Kemp, the TV reported last night that she has contacted the public accounts committee. Margaret Hodge is a lady who fiercly challenges waste of public funds so she may start asking some difficult questions of NCC.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • This is a good thing for K.Lynn. We should support it not pull it to pieces.

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    Lyn from Lynn

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I think there is much confusion here concerning building incinerators at other sites if Kings Lynn incinerator gets rejected. If Kings Lynn incinerator gets permission one these other sites will be selected for another burner and NCC has shown consensus. Example Snetterton is the prime example because of road structure close to cement works to supply energy and sell ash for building blocks. Councillor William Nunn wrote to Caroline Spelman pleading to have the incinerator built at Snetterton if Kings Lynn is rejected.

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    Emma Miller

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Ah, we can see CW employees on here a mile off. Not got the courage to show face in Lynn though have we?

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    d, west lynn

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • Perfect place for an incinerator unless you are a nimby in which case it is not.

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    John Fisher

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Every other industry, from car manufacturers to power generators are striving to reduce their exhaust emissions. These gasses and particulates are generally accepted as environmentally damaging. The main purpose of this machine is to generate these very gasses and particulates from waste material (the composition of which is to be kept secret) and then pump them into the atmosphere over a population centre. A quick calculation indicates that this will be at least 20 tons an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for twenty five years. This is insanity. Why replace landfill with skyfill? It's not necessary. Not in my back yard. Not in anyone's backyard!

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    Barking

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • I've mentioned before, NCC witholding financial information is against the governments transparency and CLoS frameworks. They cant use commercial confidentiality as an excuse to withold it either. I am guessing someone is preverbally bricking it over what the actual figures are and what the electorate will make of it WHEN it comes out publically

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    d, west lynn

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Media coverage has been excellent so far-even causing arguments about the number of people attending showing this is very much a battle for public opinion in the county and an election is set for May.Some conclusions I have made were re-inforced. The "localism" of the sort the county council are proposing here doesn't work-the kind of initiative of Labour in North Walsham,supporting local shops in the high street is more like a genuine form of localism working with communities not against them.Also,the new Tory leader "Farmer Bill" Borrett, claimed he would be "more open" only a few days ago but why is so much of the contract still hidden in his new wave of "openness".If this is "more open" I hate to think what might be "in camera".

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • I don't get why it is ideally located? Its beside several schools, communities and hospitals. Its situated in an area where it is acknowledged the road infrastructure is quite frankly, awful. The new jubilee roundabout is only going to compound the problem on the A149. If you walk by the site (as i do with the dog) you can see a lack of flood defences, at very high tide it is not far from the edge of Palm paper. Isn't Norwich getting a shiny dual carriageway in the form of the A11, I am not saying Norwich is a better alternative (there shouldnt be any efw), but if NCC are intent on bulldozing this through why not spend the money on dualling the A17 or A47 to a major road network from Lynn? I think the ineptitude of some people in power will be dutifully refelcted in Mays election. And with an impending change of political group surely this planning application is pointless, new power comes in to stop the efw...

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    d, west lynn

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Paul Cunningham likened the potential reaction of the population to an Incinerator being built near Norwich, to Ketts rebellion. There were 16000 people involved in that rebellion - there are 65000 opponents to this filthy incinerator in King's Lynn.

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    mrsmurphy

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Knee deep you are correct. As I recall Councillors Ian Monson Richard Rockcliffe and Anne Stewart were involved in procuring the Lynn Burner. The problem is not many County Tory Councillors bother to print campaign leaflets because it is a foregone conclusion they will be voted back in power. My county councillor is Shelagh Hutson and she has kept her head down of late. Roll on May..

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    Alan Allan

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Am confused why any of this is happening. Yesterday work began on the incinerator which will be burning Norfolk's waste. Yes, the Suffolk incinerator was mentioned on the local news and it was announced that as it has more capacity that Suffolk's waste can fill it will be taking waste from Norfolk and Essex. So, with the Borough Council leading the way in using proper recycling technologies and Suffolk taking the rest, why are we even thinking of building Saddlebow? Double counting, double planning, whatever way you want to put it the County Council has walked us into a hugely expensive and unnecessary piece of building work.

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    Electra

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • http:www.edp24.co.uknewspoliticssecond_incinerator_considered_for_norfolk_at_snetterton_1_1227404 Second incinerator considered for Norfolk at Snetterton by DAN GRIMMER Monday, March 5, 2012 6:30 AM While proposals for an incinerator in King’s Lynn gather pace, a strategy which will come before councillors today reveals a site in Snetterton could become home to another, smaller, plant. Norfolk Environmental Waste Services (NEWS), part of the Norfolk County Council-owned Norse Group of companies, wants a 3.5 hectare site in Harling Road to be allocated by the county council for a number of potential extra uses, which could pave the way for an incinerator.

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    Choice

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • I'm sure they've tried to put an incinerator in Costessey before, and it failed. We don't want it here, the Dereham Road is already beyond capacity and we have enough pollution from Kettle Crisps and the waste plant.

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    fryboy

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • This issue should be put to your County Councillors in all of Norfolk before May elections. When residents of west Norfolk asked our County Councillors there was a vow of silence concerning the incinerator? If residents had known in advance how their county councillor views on incineration at the previous county elections we could have stopped the incinerator in its tracks.

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    Knee deep In Toxic ash

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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