Decision time for Corby waste plant plan

The fate of a waste gasification plant will be decided at a meeting on Tuesday
The fate of a waste gasification plant will be decided at a meeting on Tuesday

The fate of a waste gasification plant will be decided at a meeting on Tuesday.

Developers want to scrap restrictions on how far away from Corby the waste can be brought to the plant, a decision that has horrified residents.

A proposal to build the plant in Gretton Brook Road was approved in 2009, but developer Drenl has submitted plans to Northamptonshire County Council to enlarge the 30-mile catchment area from which waste can be collected for processing there.

Opponents say that retaining the catchment area will allow them to stop the waste plant from going ahead, by making the proposals unsustainable and preventing it from being financially viable.

Drenl wants to extend the catchment area to anywhere outside London which is within 90 minutes’ driving time. That would mean a catchment area of almost 10,000 square miles, as opposed to the original 3,000.

The developers’ agents, GP Planning, said the restriction was making it difficult to find funding for the plant.

More than 900 people have signed an online petition and a separate paper petition against the plans and objections have been submitted by local councillor Rob McKellar and by Corby Council. Cllr McKellar said: “Corby and its surrounding villages are not a dumping ground for the rest of the country.

“We absolutely must keep the 30-mile restrictions in place otherwise waste will be shipped in from miles around.

“We will throw everything we can into blocking these horrendous proposals.”

The petition was set up by Corby couple Corinna Milligan and Lee Forster.

Corinna said: “We just felt that it was really important that people in the town and surrounding villages had the opportunity to tell the council how they felt about this issue.

“Lifting this limit could mean that waste is brought into Corby from 15 counties.

“This is wrong, and we are hoping that this petition, along with people’s individual objections, sends a clear message to the council that Corby is not a dumping ground.”

Cllr McKellar is due to speak againt the applications at the county council’s planning meeting, which will take place at 10am on Tuesday, March 17, at County Hall in Northampton.

Drenl chairman James Brathwaite said the plant could create 60 jobs and would use rubbish to create energy.

The online petition is here.