MPs call for King’s Lynn energy from waste plant re-think


Liberal Democrat MPs Norman Lamb and Simon Wright have sent a letter to the Communities Secretary to call in the application for an energy from waste plant at King’s Lynn.

Both MPs have requested that Eric Pickles be given the independent power to decide whether or not it should be built.


Business Minister and MP for North Norfolk Norman Lamb said he had been contacted by Lib Dem county councillor Tim East who also felt the applicant should not be the decision maker.

Eric Pickles has so far had 3,565 letters urging him to review the planning process according to his office.

Since its inception, campaigners have aired concerns over health and whether the proposed £500 million plant at Saddlebow would be the best solution to the county’s waste problems.

Developer Cory Wheelabrator said the energy from waste plant would save the county council tax payer £200 million and divert 250,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill.

Norfolk County Council cabinet member for planning and transportation Graham Plant said: “The Secretary of State receives many requests to call in planning applications of all kinds and the matter of whether or not to call them in rests solely with him.”

The council set up another public consultation on the energy from waste plant last week, asking people to comment on the extra information it had received from the developer.

The county council’s planning sub-committee is due to consider the planning application in the summer.

Previously Norfolk Conservative MPs Henry Bellingham and Elizabeth Truss have written to Eric Pickles to call in the application.