King's Lynn incinerator: Council's challenge rejected

King's Lynn incinerator protesters outside of County Hall, Norwich Campaigners protested outside of County Hall during the planning meeting in June this year

Related Stories

A legal challenge to a controversial £500m waste incinerator in Norfolk has been rejected at the High Court.

The plant, at Saddlebow, King's Lynn, was granted planning permission by Norfolk County Council but the government will make a final decision.

King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council challenged the £169m of government funding at the High Court.

But Mr Justice Eady said there was "no arguable case" for a judicial review of the decision.

The council said it would be seeking a meeting with the judge to clarify the reasons for the refusal.

Public inquiry call

Nick Daubney, leader of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council, said: "We are disappointed that our case has not at this stage been given permission.

"An oral hearing will give us the opportunity to persuade the judge of the merits of our case.

"In the meantime, our focus of attention is to continue to press the case for Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to call in the application and instigate a full, independent public inquiry.

"A public inquiry gives people the opportunity to make representations to an independent planning inspector."

Bill Borrett, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for environment, said: "I welcome Mr Justice Eady's very clear ruling, which notes there is no arguable case on either irrationality or illegality.

"I said at the time the legal action was launched that I doubted whether the decision to pursue this legal challenge represented good value for local taxpayers.

"Securing credits worth £169m for the project over 25 years in January was very positive news for Norfolk residents as the grant represented the largest amount of central government funding for a single project that this council had ever received.

"I'm obviously pleased that the threat to the credits has now been removed."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Norfolk

Weather

Norwich

6 °C 2 °C

Features

  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back


  • Aimen DeanI spied

    The founder member of al-Qaeda who worked for MI6


  • Before and after shotsPerfect body

    Just how reliable are 'before and after' photos?


  • Lotus 97T driven by Elio de AngelisBeen and gone

    A champion F1 designer and other notable losses


  • A poster of Boris Nemtsov at a rally in St Petersburg, Russia, 1 MarchWho killed Nemtsov?

    Theories abound over murder that shocked Moscow


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.