Flood risk and drainage arrangements for the proposed King’s Lynn incinerator site in Norfolk have been given the all clear by the Environment Agency.
The news follows the closure of a second 28-day consultation over the hotly debated project, and removes a further hurdle from developer Cory Wheelabrator’s attempt to build the plant.
Cory Wheelabrator spokesman John Boldon said: “We are pleased the Environment Agency has removed its objection following the provision of the requested further information relating to flood risk and the sequential test.
“This is a major step forward for the Willows Power and Recycling Centre planning application.”
The company said it was now focusing on securing the relevant planning and permitting permissions.
It said the plant would create jobs, save Norfolk taxpayers £200m and divert 250,000 tonnes from landfill.
The site has faced considerable local opposition and local council, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, is in the process of attempting to challenge the project through the courts.
In January, environment secretary Caroline Spelman released previously withheld private finance initiative credits to help fund the energy-from-waste project, sayingshe was now satisfied it met the criteria for PFI funding.