Paper mill plans set to go on show

Plans for a paper mill expected to bring up to 300 jobs to King's Lynn will be unveiled at a special exhibition next week.German company Palm Paper wants to build the £330m plant on the site of the former Lynn sugar beet factory beside the Ouse.

Plans for a paper mill expected to create up to 300 jobs in King's Lynn will be unveiled at a special exhibition next week.

German company Palm Paper wants to build the £330m plant on the site of the former Lynn sugar beet factory beside the Ouse.

It will be putting its plans on show at the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area (Nora) offices, off the South Gate Roundabout, on Monday afternoon.

Representatives from Palm will be on hand to discuss the environmental impacts of the scheme and issues such as traffic and job opportunities.

The company says the mill would produce 500,000 tonnes of newsprint a year and reduce the amount of waste paper which has to be exported for recycling.

Currently, half the 8m tonnes of waste paper collected for recycling in Britain has to be shipped abroad because there are not enough mills to process it.

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But the mill will require large quantities of water for the paper-making process and will also need to discharge chlorine effluent created from bleaching paper.

The Environment Agency is preparing a report on the likely impact of the scheme which will be considered later this year when West Norfolk council decides whether to give Palm planning permission.

This looks unlikely to be any more than a formality, as officials and senior councill-ors worked to attract Palm to set up shop in West Norfolk.

The firm says the plant would reduce the newspaper industry's carbon footprint by reducing the amount of paper which is exported to be recycled and then re-imported as newsprint.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 4pm to 8.30pm.