Waste plant extension approved by Secretary of State

Villagers march in protest at radio active waste being dumped at a nearby landfill site
Villagers march in protest at radio active waste being dumped at a nearby landfill site
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The extension of a waste disposal facility in King’s Cliffe has been approved.

The Secretary of State gave development consent to the East Northamptonshire Resource Management Facility today (Thursday, July 11).

The development consent is for the alteration of existing and the construction of new facilities for the recovery and disposal of hazardous waste and the disposal of low level radioactive waste at the Eplant Stamford Road, Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.

The decision follows an examination process by the Planning Inspectorate which met or exceeded all the statutory timescales laid down in law.

The application was submitted for consideration in March 2012 and accepted for examination the following month.

After a six-month examination during which the public, statutory consultees and interested parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the examining authority, a recommendation was made to the Communities Secretary in April this year.

Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Sir Michael Pitt, said: “A major priority for us over the course of the examination was to ensure that communities who might be affected by this proposal had the opportunity to put forward their views.

“The examination of the application was completed within the timescales prescribed in the Planning Act and a recommendation made to the Communities Secretary. Today’s decision supports that recommendation.”