Councillors could visit King’s Lynn incinerator site to help them understand the issues

County councillors could visit the site of a controversial proposed incinerator before they decide whether to give it planning permission.

Cory Wheelabrator wants to build the so-called 'energy from waste' plant at Saddlebow, on the outskirts of King's Lynn.

But thousands objected in a survey carried out by West Norfolk council.

And 96pc of the thousands taking part in a consultation by Norfolk County Council, which will decide the application, were also against it. Now a report to county councillors proposes a site visit.

It says: 'The County Council Constitution provides for members to undertake visits to


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sites that are the subject of proposals where it is considered that the visit would

provide a substantial benefit, e.g where the visit will significantly assist the

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committee's understanding of the issues or in controversial cases.

'At the time

of writing, 2,639 representations had been received, of which 2,550 (96.6pc)

have objected to the proposal. Given this level of objection, the proposal can

be considered to be controversial.'

The report adds that the purpose of the visit would be to tour the site to increase councillors' understanding of the issues. It says no comments for or against the application can be made during the visit.

If councillors on the planning committee, when they meet on Friday, January 6, the visit will be arranged by county council officers.

Before Christmas, a high court judge turned down an application for a review of the county council's conduct. A further legal challenge is expected if planning permisssion is granted.

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