Campaigners call emergency meeting to fight controversial Corby waste plant decision

Cllr Rob McKellar

Cllr Rob McKellar

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An emergency meeting has been scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, March 24) to discuss bringing a legal challenge against a controversial Waste Gasification Plant planned for Gretton Brook Road in Corby.

The meeting, which will take place at 6.30pm at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Corby, will be addressed by the local councillor for Weldon and Gretton, Rob McKellar, and by members of the Campaign Against Resource Recovery Park (CARRP) group and aims to raise awareness of the plans among members of the public.

The gasification plant has had planning permission since 2009, but following the defeat of the controversial Brookfield Resource Recovery Park, developers successfully applied to Northamptonshire County Council to extend the waste catchment area around the Gretton Brook Road site from 30 miles to one representing a “90 minute drive”.

Cllr McKellar has argued that the decision is unlawful because the revised catchment area lacks the level of precision that the law requires for a planning condition. He has since recruited three members of the public, who are yet to be named, who are eligible to pursue a Judicial Review with the help of Legal Aid.

Cllr McKellar said: “Corby and its surrounding villages are not a dumping ground for the rest of the country and we will fight tooth and nail to stop the gasification plant.

“We defeated the Brookfield Plant and we have every chance of defeating this one too. The county council’s decision is clearly unlawful under Paragraph 206 of the National Planning Policy Framework and we will challenge it in the courts on that basis.”

Members of CARRP at the meeting will discuss an organised campaign strategy, and Cllr McKellar will brief the public on the legal challenge.

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