Residents have been celebrating victory after multi-million pound proposals for a sludge recycling centre and pipeline were rejected.
Norfolk County Council’s planning committee voted by 12 to one to refuse the Anglian Water scheme for the site off Clenchwarton Road in West Lynn at a meeting last week.
The decision delighted campaigners who travelled to County Hall in Norwich to hear the debate on Friday and now hope bosses will look at the issues again.
Denise Collins, of the West Lynn Says No group which fought against the proposals, described the vote as “a weight off our shoulders” and thanked all the villagers who had supported their case.
She added: “It’s brilliant news. We’re very pleased.”
But the company has said it is disappointed with the committee’s decision.
A spokesman added: “We are now considering our position with regards to an appeal.”
As first reported in the Lynn News last Tuesday, planning officials had recommended that the application was refused, because of concerns over the loss of green belt and farmland to accommodate the development, which was expected to cost around £3.5 million to build.
Anglian Water had been seeking permission to build an import centre at West Lynn, plus an underground pipeline to link the site to its existing treatment works at Clockcase Lane, Clenchwarton, where a reception centre was also proposed.
Around 80 letters of objection were sent to the council, citing concerns over issues including the proximity of the site to people’s homes and the impact of noise and odours. A petition containing 350 signatures was also presented to the meeting.
Although no consultee bodies raised similar concerns to the residents, Ms Collins argued that the result had proven their case that the site was inappropriate for such a development.
She said: “One of the councillors asked Anglian Water if it was a serious application.
“I hope Anglian Water sees sense and comes up with a more acceptable solution, looking at what residents want.”
But the company insists that the proposal is still the best way of reducing the number of lorries using surrounding roads to access the existing treatment works at Clockcase Lane, Clenchwarton.
The spokesman added: “We had addressed worries about traffic, noise or odour. The refusal was based on concerns over the loss of agricultural land.”