Cornwall incinerator ruling ‘has little impact’ on King’s Lynn incinerator plan

An Anglo-US consortium planning to build an incinerator on the outskirts of King's Lynn has spoken out following a High Court judgement which halted a similar 'energy from waste' scheme in Cornwall.

Mr Justice Collins, sitting at the High Court in London, quashed communities secretary Eric Pickles's decision to grant planning permission for the incinerator project at St Dennis, near Newquay, on Thursday.

This ruling delighted opponents to the planned King's Lynn incinerator, known as the Willows Power and Recycling Facility, who are also gearing up to attend the same court in December to pursue their quest for a judicial review.

But John Boldon, spokesman for Cory Wheelabrator said: 'This news has little impact on the Willows planning process or timescale, but it does underline our comprehensive approach to environmental assessments as being the correct one. From the outset, we have been committed to providing detailed evidence and assessments to demonstrate the suitability of the Willows site. We will continue over the coming weeks and months to address any questions that are raised and to clarify any areas of misunderstanding.

'We believe the facts will bear testament to the Willows planning application [which] will deliver a sustainable waste solution for Norfolk, while saving money, creating jobs and generating electricity.'

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Norfolk County Council awarded the contract to build the incinerator to Cory Wheelabrator in March, despite stiff opposition. Under the scheme, Norfolk County Council hopes to receive �169m of government cash using PFI credits to help offset the �500m-plus cost of the project.

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