Possible waste disposal sites identified
19th February 2008 - the following article is reproduced by kind permission of Lynn News
POSSIBLE sites for the construction of a waste incinerator in West Norfolk have been made public as consultation over the future of waste disposal in the county gets under way.
Seven potential sites, including North Lynn and Saddlebow, have been identified for consideration to accommodate a "thermal treatment" centre for the disposal of waste.
All the sites list a range of other possible waste disposal methods.
The county council has launched a wide-ranging consultation process, not only on the incinerator siting but also on potential sites for a raft of waste disposal methods from composting to landfill, as the county continues to grow and current sites fill-up.
The new strategy should run until 2021, according to projections on population and growth. It is also consulting on the future of mineral extraction both across West Norfolk and across the county.
The Norfolk County Council consultation document reveals "thermal treatment" is among the waste disposal proposals that have been put forward for a string of sites in West Norfolk: Willows Business Park, Saddlebow; Poplar Avenue, Saddlebow; Blackborough End (four sites off Mill Drove) and the former Porvair site, KL Technologies, in Estuary Road, North Lynn.
Thermal treatment is an umbrella term used to cover various processes for waste treatment including incineration.
Norfolk planning service manager Nick Johnson said it was important to understand the consultation document included the full range of options set out by landowners, and none have yet been subject to scrutiny to decide if they are realistic.
He said: "With regard to the two documents – minerals site allocations and waste site allocations – they are really landowners' wish lists."
Consultation on the documents is taking place until Friday, March 28, and will be followed by further rounds of opportunities to comment before a short-list of sites is eventually drawn up to be approved by the Government around April 2010.
It is the first time specific addresses have been considered for waste disposal sites and mineral extraction in advance of a planning application being made.
Once a site is approved in principle, planning permission will be able to be granted much more quickly as the detailed work has already been done.
There are a total of more than 100 possible mineral extraction and 64 waste disposal sites across the county listed in the documents.
Other potential waste management proposals include filling quarries in Docking Road, Docking, and off Fosters End Drove, East Winch, with landfill and processing of wood at the former Railway Cutting, Broom Covert, Swaffham Heath.
The documents can be viewed and commented upon via the county council website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/nmwdf
A drop-in session where staff will be on hand is planned at West Norfolk Council offices, King's Court, Chapel Street, Lynn, 9am-1pm, Tuesday, March 11.