Corby councillors advised to reject Brookfield waste plant plans

Brookfield Plantation, Corby
Brookfield Plantation, Corby

Corby councillors are being recommended to reject plans for a waste recovery park on the outskirts of the town.

The proposals are to be discussed at a meeting of the council’s development control committee on Tuesday, August 19.

A spokesman for the borough council said: “The application is being recommended for refusal on the basis that the environmental information does not meet the statutory requirements.

Since the submitted environmental information does not constitute a formal environmental statement it is not practically possible to consider other planning merits relevant to this development.”

The application for outline planning permission for the scheme, proposed for a site at Brookfield Plantation off Gretton Brook Road, has been lodged with the council by Gretton Brook Estates.

Opponents of the scheme say that the waste recovery park would lead to the destruction of 101 acres of woodland, cause an increase in traffic and create noise and odours.

Developers said the resource park would enable companies to use energy created on site from recycled waste, creating 800 jobs during its 10-year construction period and hundreds more once operational.

They have already put forward a raft of new ideas to address concerns raised by residents.

Corby councillor Rob McKellar, who has led the campaign against the resource park, said: “I am delighted that Corby Council’s planning department has recommended to councillors that the resource recovery park planning application should be refused on the grounds of a technicality.

“Council officers have advised elected members that there is simply too little information available about the level of damage that the scheme would cause to the environment to be able to approve it.

“If the planning experts in the planning department thinks the application is too vague, then it is clear that local people are right to be concerned about the extent of damage that the resource recovery park could cause.

“The decision is now in the hands of elected councillors who I urge to make the right decision by rejecting the planning application.”