The public inquiry into plans for an incinerator in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, will be delayed as the original inspector has fallen ill and must be replaced.
The inquiry into the controversial £500m facility at Saddlebow will start tomorrow as planned, but will be adjourned to allow the new inspector time to prepare, and will restart a week later.
Nick Daubney, leader of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk council, which opposes the scheme by Cory Wheelabrator, said: “Any delay at this stage is unfortunate, as all parties have their witnesses and legal support lined up.
“We can accommodate a small amount of slippage, but would hope this is no longer than the few days already intimated by the Planning Inspectorate.”
MP for North West Norfolk Henry Bellingham attacked plans for the facility during a private members’ debate in Parliament last month, saying that incineration had a “built in disincentive to recycle”.
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk council signed a 16-year contract with Chester-based firm Material Works to process around 35,000 tonnes of black bag waste per year via an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility in December.
Norfolk County Council, which supports the incinerator scheme, insisted that the AD deal would not impact of the viability of the incinerator proposals.