King’s Lynn and West Norfolk borough council has voted to oppose a planning application for the Saddlebow energy-from-waste (EfW) facility and written to communities secretary Eric Pickles requesting that the application be called in.
The borough council’s development control board decision came in response to a county council consultation on the planning application for the 268,000 tonne per year EfW facility put forward by Cory Wheelabrator. The consultation follows the decision by the county council to award the contract for the construction of the proposed facility, despite a borough-wide local poll which found that 65,516 voters opposed construction of the facility.
In its capacity as a local planning authority, the borough council’s development control board voted to oppose proposals for the facility and set out 13 objections to the scheme.
These objections included allegations of a failure to respect the “proximity principle” by locating the facility in a “geographically isolated” area and concerns that the level of residual waste available will be insufficient to supply the plant.
The report also alleged that the Environmental Statement for the facility contains a number of “omissions and inaccuracies” in its assessment of the EfW’s impact on air quality in the area.
The report follows a letter sent from Kings Lynn and West Norfolk borough council chief executive Ray Harding to Pickles, requesting that he call in the planning application for consideration by a planning inspector.
Borough council leader Cllr Nick Daubney said: “The actions of Norfolk County Council leading up to the procurement decision have caused many in West Norfolk to lose confidence in the ability of the county council to make an objective decision on this matter. A public inquiry would give all those interested in the proposals greater assurance that their concerns were being assessed in an objective and open-minded way.”