‘Don’t make Corby a rubbish dump’

The march in protest at the plans for a recycling plant on the Brookfield plantation between Corby and Gretton
The march in protest at the plans for a recycling plant on the Brookfield plantation between Corby and Gretton

Fears have been voiced that Corby could become Britain’s “dumping ground” as plans are being drawn up for another waste plant for the town.

London-based Clean Power Properties is to apply for planning permission for a plant in Shelton Road, which would process up to 195,000 tonnes of waste a year.

The company is planning other renewable energy projects around the UK on brownfield sites and underused land.

It has drawn up an environmental impact assessment for the Corby project before lodging its planning application with the county council.

The proposed site is on six acres of land on Willowbrook East Industrial Estate and, if approved, the plant would operate 24 hours a day, all year, creating 30 full-time jobs.

The application follows mounting opposition to plans for a resource recovery park between Corby and Gretton, where waste would also be used to generate energy.

Corby councillor Rob McKellar, who is leading the protest against that development, said: “The string of recent proposals from developers has sought to impose various forms of dirty waste processing plants on Corby.

“It is important that we select the right industries to ensure that Corby becomes a hub for green enterprise and not Britain’s dumping ground.”

No-one from Clean Power Properties was available for comment.