New consultation over King’s Lynn incinerator

As one council gets set to mount a legal challenge to the government's decision to release the funding needed to build it, a fresh round of consultation starts next week over the King's Lynn incinerator.

An extended 28-day period of public consultation will begin on Monday and run until Monday February 20.

Graham Plant, Norfolk's cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: 'A planning application was submitted to the authority in June and a public consultation followed.

'After thorough scrutiny of the application our planning officers wrote to the applicant asking for further information and clarification on a number of points.

'That information has now been received and it is this that will form the basis of this second consultation.

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'We are required to consult for 21 days but given the complex nature of this application we are extending this to 28 days. Once again the County Council is keen to hear views from as many people as possible and all views are welcome.'

More than 3,000 letters will be going out to statutory consultees and people who registered an interest in the application, or responded to the original consultation.

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Some 2,550 objections were received - 96pc of all responses from across Norfolk - to a consultation held when the planning application for the incinerator was submitted last year.

On Wednesday, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced that she had approved �91m in Waste Infrastructure Grant funding towards the cost of the �169m plant.

But West Norfolk council is preparing to apply for a judicial review, claiming Ms Spelman broke her own guidelines in awarding the money because there is not a 'broad consensus of support' for an incinerator.

In a poll carried out in West Norfolk, 65,000 people voted against the plant.

In a statement yesterday, County Hall said: 'The County Council will respond again to all parties commenting to acknowledge receipt of the comments raised and these comments will be considered by officers when preparing their recommendation for members to consider at the relevant planning committee.

'All comments will be carefully considered, but unfortunately the authority does not have the resources to enter into detailed correspondence regarding the issues raised.'

It said people could make their views known:

• Online - a copy of the application and further information will be available on the County Council website on Monday.

• By email:

• By post: Planning Services, Environment, Transport and Development

Norfolk County Council, County Hall

Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2UD

Copies of the further information and updated application will be placed at County Hall (Martineau Lane, Norwich), West Norfolk council offices (King's Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn), local libraries in the King's Lynn area (King's Lynn, Gaywood, Dersingham, Hunstanton, Downham Market, Swaffham) and in Norwich (The Millennium Library at The Forum) as they become available.

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