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Planners urged to back King's Lynn incinerator

Proposals for a waste incinerator at King’s Lynn in Norfolk have been recommended for approval ahead of a planning committee hearing next week.

A report from planning officers at the county council has advised councillors on the planning committee to back the £500m scheme at Saddlebow at the committee hearing on June 29.

The report said the incinerator was a “key proposal in making a major provision for the treatment of waste”, and said that consultants had concluded that the scheme would not have adverse impacts on health or the environment.

Earlier this week the county council accused King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC of attempting to derail the project after it claimed new technology could be used to recycle nearly all of its black bin waste.

Cory Environmental and Wheelabrator Technologies submitted a planning application for the Willows Power and Recycling Centre EfW plant at Saddlebow in June last year.

If it becomes operational it will be capable of processing 98,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste each year and generate enough electricity to power 36,000 homes.

In April this year King’s Lynn & West Norfolk BC applied for a judicial review over the decision taken by environment secretary Caroline Spelman to grant Waste Infrastructure Credits for the scheme.

John Boldon from the Cory Wheelabrator Consortium welcomed the recommendation to approve the scheme: “We believe our application is robust and will provide a much needed, proven and long-term solution to Norfolk’s significant waste problem.”

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