A public inquiry into the planned Norfolk energy from waste facility in King’s Lynn has been delayed after the inspector fell ill.
Ken Smith who was originally due to oversee the inquiry is now unable to do so because of illness.
As a result, the inquiry will be adjourned immediately after it begins on Tuesday to enable the new inspector, Elizabeth Hill, the opportunity to get up to speed with the case.
The public inquiry will then be resumed on 5 March.
It is expected that the public inquiry will last until the middle to end of April.
Cory Environmental, who plan to build the facility, will be represented by a QC and other submissions will be provided by Norfolk County Council, West Norfolk County Council and the opposition group King’s Lynn Without Incineration.
There will also be 22 technical witness who will be cross-examined as well as 30 third parties that wish to appear to give their view.
Once the public inquiry is completed, a report will be prepared for Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to make a decision on whether the plant should go ahead.