December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Anti-incinerator campaigners have called for a key blueprint outlining where waste will be dealt with in Norfolk to be rejected or put on ice - because it includes the site earmarked for an incinerator.
They argue that, with the future of the plant still unclear, it would be dangerous to include it in a document earmarking possible sites.
Norfolk County Council’s cabinet members are due to meet on Monday to recommend two planning documents to the full council - the Norfolk Waste Site Specific Allocations Development Plan Documents and the Norfolk Minerals Site Specific Allocations Document.
The council says the documents will give certainty to operating companies, local councils and residents about future locations of waste and quarrying facilities.
The Norfolk Waste Site Specific Development Plan allocates 29 waste sites for recycling, composting or treating waste expected to be generated over the next 13 years. One is the proposed incinerator site at Saddlebow, King’s Lynn.
But councillors against the proposed burner say the incinerator site should not be included, given the Secretary of State has yet to decide whether it should be granted planning permission and the council may yet vote to scrap the scheme.
The council’s waste and minerals group, on which Labour’s Alexandra Kemp and Conservative John Dobson - both vociferous critics of the incinerator - sit, has recommended the cabinet rejects or defers the waste allocation inspector’s report.
They had wanted to remove the Saddlebow site from the plan, but were advised that they could not, so have recommended the whole plan is rejected or deferred.
The plans, which council officers say have been found to be sound by inspectors after hearing all evidence, including from opponents, will go before the full council next month.
Council leader George Nobbs said: “These planning documents need to be adopted by the full council in order to give certainty to operating companies and to provide a ‘blueprint’ that ensures that Norfolk has a reliable supply of minerals in the year up to 2016.
“They are the result of extremely long periods of consultation already and their adoption means the sites mentioned will still have to face the full rigour of the normal planning processes.”
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