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Devon incinerator plans to be reviewed

Plymouth councillors have agreed to launch a review of plans for an EfW incinerator - and EA give an environmental permit to a Norfolk scheme.

The full council passed a motion calling for a review of the most recent evidence on the health and environmental impacts of incineration and legal advice on the implications of terminating the contract with MVV.

The review will look at the possibility of revoking the current planning permission. Councillors asked the cabinet and planning committee to consider the advice as a matter of urgency.

The motion was tabled by council leader Tudor Evans. Evans said: “We are not against incineration or incinerators. We are not against the contractor MVV, which has a good track record.”

“Our concern is simple, but profound. It is about the unreasonableness of siting a massive waste plant which will burn thousands of tons of rubbish from hundreds of thousands of homes immediately adjacent to a housing estate. A decision made by the previous administration.”

He added: “This is about getting advice, it is about understanding possibilities and it is about doing what we can about a decision which should never have been made.”

Permit for Norfolk incinerator

Controversial plans for an EfW incinerator in Kings Lynn, Norfolk (above) took another step forward when the Environment Agency awarded the plant an environmental permit.

Bill Borrett, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for environment and waste said: “I now hope, that with all the statutory authorities’ opinions about the Willows before us, and opponents’ fears about health and environmental matters shown to be unfounded, the conversation about this proposal can begin to turn to the very significant benefits that this plant will bring to Norfolk in the future.

“Not least of these are the £8m a year savings it will bring us – or £200m over the 25 year contract – compared with the cost of continuing to use landfill.”

The announcement comes just weeks after the High Court threw out a borough council’s bid to bring legal proceedings to stop the development.

However, the Cory Wheelabrator scheme could still face further hurdles after communities secretary Eric Pickles revealed in June that he was considering calling it in for review under his planning powers.

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