Vow to fight new Corby waste plant plans

The plant will deal with household, industrial and commercial waste
The plant will deal with household, industrial and commercial waste

A firm which was granted permission to build a waste recycling plant in Corby is attempting to get restrictions on the distance it can source rubbish from lifted.

Gretton and Weldon councillor Rob McKellar has vowed to fight the proposals, submitted by Drenl Ltd for its as yet unbuilt plant off Gretton Brook Road.

The site is very near the controversial proposed Brookfield Waste Plant, which was defeated by campaigners just a few weeks ago.

Drenl was granted planning permission for its own waste plant several years ago, but that permission restricted the firm to bringing waste to Corby from a maximum of 30 miles away.

A fresh application has now been submitted which attempts to lift that restriction.

In its planning documents, Drenl said: “[The restrictions] are causing considerable financial difficulties in securing the funding to continue construction of the facility.”

A spokesman for Drenl said: “We intend to source as much household and industrial waste as possible from the immediate area surrounding the site and we are in talks to do so.

“However, for commercial reasons and to give us greater flexibility when the plant starts running we may need to source waste from further afield and our application would allow us to do this.

“The plant has previously secured planning permission from the local authority and will be built as planned.”

The facility will deal with household and commercial waste. The waste will be sorted to recover any recyclable material and any unrecyclable materials will be transferred to a gasification unit to produce renewable energy.

Cllr McKellar, who led the campaign against the Brookfield plant, said: “The developer admits in its own planning application that the facility will only be viable if waste is shipped into the Corby area from much further afield than the 30 mile catchment area.

“Corby and its surrounding villages are not Great Britain’s dumping ground and we will not allow any developer to treat us as such.

“We will fight this application every step of the way.

“We defeated the Brookfield Waste Plant and we will defeat this Waste Plant too.”

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How to comment on the proposals

A formal consultation on Drenl’s application to extend its area of operations is open until Thursday, February 5.

People are able to view the plans online at Northamptonshire County Council’s website either by filling in an online form or by writing to the authority.

To respond to the county council, follow the links to the planning pages at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk and search for the application using reference number 14/00094/WASVOC.

The plan are also available to view at Corby Council’s website. To find them search for the application at publicaccess.corby.gov.uk using the application reference: 14/00501/COC.

The county council page includes information about the application as well as links to Drenl’s original application, which won planning permission in 2009.