County council chiefs have today backed plans to press ahead with the controversial Lynn incinerator project.
Members of the authority’s ruling cabinet rubber-stamped yesterday’s narrow full council vote in favour of accepting a revised project plan for the Saddlebow scheme when they met in Norwich this morning.
The decision has been welcomed by the Cory Wheelabrator consortium, who are hoping to build the plant.
Spokesman Paul Green said: “We are pleased that Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet has today voted to accept the Revised Project Plan.
“We believe that the Willows Power & Recycling Centre will provide a long-term, sustainable solution to deal with the County’s residual waste.
“We now look forward to the Department for Communities and Local Government making a swift planning decision.”
The document, which was approved by a majority of just two votes yesterday, extends the deadline by which planning permission should be obtained for the development.
It is thought that a decision will be announced early in the New Year.
However, opponents say the public inquiry into the plans should be re-opened in light of Defra’s decision to withdraw government funding to the scheme earlier this month.
As previously reported, ministers said there was no longer a national need for the scheme.