The developer behind plans to build a recycling plant on the Brookfield Plantation is drawing up a second planning application for the site.
The blow to environmental campaigners came in a letter sent to Corby MP Andy Sawford by the site’s owners, Tata Steel.
The original application for the site was thrown out by Corby Council in December because the developer, Gretton Brook Estates, did not provide an adequate environmental report for the energy-from-waste incinerator.
Mr Sawford wrote to Tata Steel on behalf of two of his constituents who suggested the land could now be opened up for residents to enjoy.
Corinna Milligan and Lee Forster were part of the protest group against the plans for the plantation and asked Mr Sawford to write to Tata Steel with their suggestion.
Bernard Curran, the company’s director of human resources, said in a letter that the developer was due to submit a new planning application in the next few weeks.
He added: “Should the application fail and the developer then choses not to pursue the development further then we will need to review what we want to do with the site, but it is not our intention to retain ownership in the long term. While the developer pursues the application we are unfortunately not in a position to discuss the proposals suggested by Ms Milligan and Mr Forster.”
Mr Forster has mounted a peaceful protest in Gretton Brook Road over separate plans to build a waste gasification plant there.
Gretton Brook Estates, which also owns the site, served an eviction notice on Mr Forster yesterday.
Although he has now decided to end his protest camp, he has said the fight against the plans will go on.
The site was given the go-ahead to extend its catchment area to anywhere within a 90-minute drive by Northamptonshire County Council after Drenl argued that the previous 30-mile restriction made the plant unviable.
Corby residents are angry at what they see as plans to turn the town into the nation’s dumping ground.