Residents given another chance to have their say over King’s Lynn incinerator plan

A fresh round of public consultation has started over controversial plans to build a incinerator on the edge of King's Lynn.

The 28-day period of consultation began today following additional information from applicant, Cory Wheelabrator, earlier this month and will run until Monday February 20.

Click on the link on the right-hand side of this page to have your say on the plans.

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

It comes after Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced last Wednesday that she had approved �91m in Waste Infrastructure Grant funding towards the cost of the �500m plant.

West Norfolk council is currently 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. A poll carried out in West Norfolk last year saw 65,000 people vote against the building of the plant.

The fresh round of consultation also follows a meeting of King's Lynn Without Incineration (KLWIN) on Sunday evening.

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Anti-incinerator campaigner Mike Knights said more than 100 packed the meeting room at Fairgreen Farms, in Middleton, near King's Lynn, for the group's first meeting of 2012.

He said: 'The meeting went very well and it was encouraging to see so many people come along.

'It gave people the chance to be updated on our campaign and hear where things are heading at the moment.

'There were people at the meeting who have been very involved in the campaign, like myself, and feel confident of getting the outcome we want.

'There were others there who haven't been as deeply involved and were quite anxious following the Waste Infrastructure Grant being approved.

'We helped to put things into perspective for these people. We reminded them we are reaching the stage where most other campaigns against incinerators usually start and we are in a strong position going forward.'

He later added: 'We know we have a public mandate to stop it and we believe Norfolk County Council doesn't have one to build it.

'We already have good objections lodged on the planning front and although we expect the county council to award planning permission for their own project, we have every reason to believe we will be able to defeat this.'

The county council says the plant is needed to prevent the county's waste having to go to landfill. It says it will save millions of pounds a year.

Anti-incinerator campaigners last month attempted to secure a judicial review into the process by which the county council agreed to award a contract to waste company Cory Wheelabrator but a High Court judge dismissed their attempt.

Graham Plant, Norfolk's cabinet member for planning and transportation, has 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.

'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.'

Copies of the updated application will be placed at County Hall in Martineau Lane, Norwich and West Norfolk council offices in King's Court, Chapel Street, and King's Lynn.

Libraries in King's Lynn, Gaywood, Dersingham, Hunstanton, Downham Market, Swaffham and in Norwich will also hold copies of the updated application.

People can lodge their views on the plan by visiting http://norfolk.jdi-consult.net/majordevelopments/ or by e-mailing willowsprc@norfolk.gov.uk

Alternatively people can write to Planning Services, Environment, Transport & Development, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2UD.

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