INCINERATOR - Cory Wheelabrator: Sites just don’t come any better than this
Lawyers for Cory Wheelabrator used their opening statement to insist their plans were safe, suitable for the site proposed and urgently needed.
Richard Phillips QC argued that the balance of issues in the inquiry fell “decisively in favour” of permission being granted.
And he rejected health fears raised by opponents, telling the hearing: “The government has repeatedly made clear there is no evidence of adverse health outcomes.”
Despite recent moves by Palm Paper to develop plans for their own gas turbine, Mr Phillips cited the proximity of the paper mill as a demonstration of the site’s suitability and insisted the firm had not ruled out taking power from the incinerator. He claimed the site offered greater energy potential than alternatives and pointed out that environmental and flooding issues had already been examined with the awarding of an environmental permit.
“It’s rare to find a site so well suited to a waste proposal”, he said.
The developers said they accepted their plans were “intensely unpopular locally” – and their citing of a discredited telephone survey as support for the scheme drew jeers from the audience.
But Mr Phillips warned of “years of delay” if the plan was not approved, adding: “The fact is there is an urgent and compelling need for this proposal.”
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