The consortium behind the controversial Willows Power and Recycling Centre has called on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to grant planning permission after Norfolk County Council’s cabinet committee rubber-stamped a revised project plan.
A full council meeting on 28 October narrowly approved the plan, which was redrafted after the Government withdrew its offer to fund the scheme. The cabinet committee has now also accepted the plan.
The project still requires planning permission from communities secretary Eric Pickles. A decision is to be made on or before 14 January 2014.
Cory Wheelabrator spokesman Paul Green said: “The consortium is pleased that Norfolk County Council’s cabinet has today voted to accept the revised project plan.
“We believe that the Willows Power and Recycling Centre will provide a long term sustainable solution to deal with the county’s residual waste.
“We now look forward to the DCLG making a swift planning decision.”
The council confirmed it is considering launching a judicial review against the Government’s withdrawal of PFI.
A spokesperson said: “George Nobbs, leader of Norfolk County Council did confirm in the cabinet meeting confirmed that the authority is seeking QC’s advice about whether we have grounds for judicial review of Defra’s decision to withdraw the waste infrastructure grant.
“He referred in particular to the Government’s rationale for withdrawing the credits being the delay in securing planning permission, when the delay was caused by the Government ‘calling in’ the planning application for their determination.”
In August the High Court granted Bradford and Calderdale councils and North Yorkshire County and York City councils leave to proceed with a judicail review of the Government decision to remove its support for a waste treatment plant in Bradford and a waste recovery park near Harrogate.