Controversial plans for an energy from waste plant at King’s Lynn have been approved by Norfolk County councillors just as communities secretary Eric Pickles has intervened to consider the proposals.
The application to build the power and recycling centre at the Willows Business Park by Cory Wheelabrator has been approved by councillors at a planning committee meeting.
However, as reported last week, a final decision cannot be taken until the Department for Communities and Local Government has reviewed matters and decided whether it should be referred to Pickles for his determination.
Graham Plant, cabinet member for planning and transportation, said: “The committee was satisfied that officers had addressed all relevant considerations and agreed that planning permission should be granted. This is, of course, subject to the Secretary of State’s views.”
Pickles waded into the debate on the controversial plans last week ordering Norfolk County Council not to issue the project planning permission until his department has given the project “proper consideration”.
The department has received a number of representations asking for the application to be called in. and has issued an Article 25 notification under the Town and Country Planning Act. This prevents any action being taken on a planning application while the department considers whether or not to call it in.
Cory Environmental and Wheelabrator Technologies submitted a planning application for the Willows Power and Recycling Centre EfW plant at Saddlebow in June last year but the plans have been dogged by local opposition.