Plans for multiple waste management and mineral extraction sites across West Norfolk have been backed by Norfolk County Council leaders.
But opponents claim the plan should be rejected amid continuing uncertainty over whether one of its key sites, that of the proposed incinerator, is granted planning permission or not.
Members of the county council’s cabinet approved waste and mineral site allocation proposals at a meeting in Norwich yesterday.
Councillors will now debate the issue at the authority’s next full meeting on September 16.
But leader George Nobbs said it was vital that the plans were approved.
He said: “These planning documents need to be adopted by the full council in order to give certainty to operating companies.”
But Alexandra Kemp, the councillor for the Clenchwarton and Lynn South division which includes the incinerator site, said the waste plan should be rejected.
She argues that the conclusions of a government planning inspector who examined the proposal as a whole failed to take account of a range of concerns on the incinerator site, including health risks, flood risk and the conduct of the authority in its handling of the proposal.
But Mr Nobbs said the inspector’s findings that the Saddlebow site could be satisfactorily developed were subject to the outcome of the public inquiry into the scheme.
If implemented, the plan allows for seven sites across West Norfolk, including the planned incinerator location at Saddlebow, plus sites in the parishes of Middleton, Docking and Feltwell, to be used for a variety of waste disposal methods, including composting and landfill, in the period up to the year 2026.
A further seven locations in Watlington, Tottenhill, East Winch, Middleton, East Rudham and Pentney are envisaged among 29 locations across the county from where minerals including sand, gravel, silica sand and carrstone could be extracted.