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Peterborough EfW plans approved

Peterborough City Councils planning and environmental protection committee has approved plans to build an energy-from-waste facility but the Government Office for the East may still call-in the application for review.

The Government Office for the East covers areas in the east of England region such as Cambridgeshire, Essex and Norfolk. It brings together into a single operation the varied regional activities of a range of Government departments with the aim of making the region a better place to live and work in.

The EfW plant will take 65,000 tonnes of material from residents in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. It will be built on the site of Peterboroughs existing materials recycling facility in the eastern industry area in Fourth Drove.

A Peterborough spokesman said that there had been a small number of objections [30 objection letters] to the EfW facility plans and the Government Office for the East will assess whether proposals will need to be called-in. In particular, Friends of the Earth activist Richard Olive vehemently opposed the incineration plans.

Council officers are currently evaluating the credentials of companies that have expressed interest in building and operating the EfW plant. The council will draw a shortlist of potential firms up and it is hoped that detailed negotiations will lead to the selection of a preferred contractor. The new facility could begin operating in early 2014.

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