West Norfolk council drops judicial review as venue for public inquiry into King’s Lynn incinerator is revealed

PUBLISHED: 11:53 18 October 2012 | UPDATED: 12:57 18 October 2012

The proposed Incinerator site at Saddlebow, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The proposed Incinerator site at Saddlebow, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

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In a statement today, the council said after taking legal advice it would longer pursue a judicial review of Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman’s decision to award PFI credits for the project.

How to speak at hearing

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting as a third party speaker should write to the case officer Robert Cook, 4/02 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN outlining why they want to speak.

The Planning Inspectorate will assess these requests and invite people to speak based upon the arguments they wish to present.

The Planning Inspectorate recommends that comments be typed where possible and that people include their name, address, the case reference number (which in the case relating to the incinerator is APP/X2600/V/12/2183389), the address of the site to which the application relates (The Willows Business Park, High (Saddlebow) Road, Saddlebow Industrial Estate) and their reasons for either supporting or opposing the application.

People will be chosen to speak on the basis of the argument they put forward. Where a number of parties express the same argument the inspectorate may suggest that one person speaks on behalf of others to avoid repetition.

Ms Spelman agreed to award the plant PFI credits worth £92m - despite massive opposition in the west of the county.

Werst Norfolk council leader Nick Daubney said: “The advice of our barrister was to focus our resources on the course of action that would be most likely to give us the outcome that the people of west Norfolk want.

“We have always argued that an independent public inquiry into the planning application would be the most appropriate place for everyone to have their say about the incinerator and would mean that all the considerations would be explored objectively. It is our chance to put as robust a case as possible to the planning inspector, clearly setting out why building an incinerator in King’s Lynn is not the right thing to do.

“We believe that this is our best chance of stopping this project therefore we have decided to withdraw from the judicial review and focus all our efforts on fighting this battle from a planning point of view.”

The venue for the hearing, which starts on February 26 and is expected to last for 20 days, will be the Professional Development Centre, on Kilhams Way.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles ordered the inquiry after his department received a record number of letters objecting to the incinerator.

Norfolk County Council voted to press ahead with the “energy from waste” plant at Saddlebow in the face of massive opposition.

It claims that the incinerator offers the most cost effective, environmentally-friendly means of disposing of Norfolk’s black bin bag waste.

Today Bill Borrett, its deputy leader and cabinet member for environment and waste, said: “We recognise that this is entirely a matter for West Norfolk council to comment upon.”

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