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Snetterton biomass plant will not be scrutinised by government

09:44 13 July 2012

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss who requested the Snetterton biomass plans were called in by the government.  Photo:Sonya Duncan

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss who requested the Snetterton biomass plans were called in by the government. Photo:Sonya Duncan

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A decision has been made by the government not to “call-in” a proposal for a contentious biomass plant.

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Plans to create energy by burning straw and wood chip at a plant off the A11 at Snetterton were given the go-ahead by Breckland planning officials in June this year but, given the number of concerns raised and the nature of the plans, it had been expected they would be subject to further scrutiny by the government.

In a letter to South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss however, parliamentary under secretary of state for Communities and Local Government Bob Neill rejected her requests to call-in the case, and said the decision should be taken at a local level.

The letter acknowledged it was not the “preferred outcome” for “a number of constituents”, but that power to call-in a case should be used “selectively”.

It went on: “In particular, your concerns about the source of fuel for the plant has been taken into consideration, however I consider that the sustainability of the fuel source is not sufficient to warrant call in of this proposal.”

See tomorrow’s paper for more.

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  • There are two reasons this plant will go ahead and another incinerator will be built nearby. NCC is pro incinerator and invited your district Council to write to Caroline Spelman to release Private Finance Funding to build the incinerator at Kings Lynn. The other reason is your County Councillors voted the incinerator through on the 29th last month. They had to vote for the incinerator as they would lose valuable benefits if they did not tow the party line.

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    Alan Allan

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Agreed - the planned incinerator at Kings Lynn is the tip of the iceberg.... these things are planned throughout Norfolk and despite being told by Eric Pickles that they cannot proceed, the idiots at county hall still gave it the green light. Thank goodness it's now less than 42 weeks before we get the opportunity to kick the Tories out of town halls throughout the county; only then will the extent of the shady deals with the waste lobby become known.

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