Corby waste plant gets go-ahead to extend catchment area

Corby Council opposed the request to extend the catchment area
Corby Council opposed the request to extend the catchment area

A controversial waste recycling plant in Corby has been given permission to extend its catchment area.

Northamptonshire County Council’s development control committee agreed today (Tuesday, March 17), to developer Drenl’s request to expand the catchment area of the waste recycling plant in Gretton Brook Road from 30 miles to anywhere outside London which is within 90 minutes’ driving time, meaning it can collect waste from as far away as Bury St Edmund’s and Mansfield.

Corby Council had voiced its opposition to the request, which Drenl said was necessary to make the plant viable.

Cllr Julie Brookfield, speaking on behalf of all the Labour councillors on the county council and Corby Council, said: “Corby must not be the dumping ground for an entire region. It is a growth town and our ambition is to have more high skilled employment, which neither this development will not provide.

“We do not believe that a business case has been made to balance the adverse impact this expansion will have on our residents and highways.”