The consortium behind controversial plans to build a waste incinerator on the edge of Lynn has this afternoon, Thursday, January 8, confirmed it has withdrawn its planning application for the site.
The announcement by Cory Wheelabrator brings down the final curtain on a bitter five-year battle for the Saddlebow site.
A Cory spokesman told the Lynn News a short time ago: “I can confirm that Cory and Wheelabrator have jointly withdrawn the planning application for the Willows Power & Recycling Centre which was called in by the Secretary of State for his determination in August 2012.
“All further queries relating to the Willows site should be directed to the landowner, Norfolk County Council.”
Although the county council voted to terminate its contract with Cory Wheelabrator last spring, the fate of the planning application still remained subject to a decision from communities secretary Eric Pickles.
However, almost a year on from when he was originally expected to rule on the case and almost two years after a public inquiry into the scheme first began, no decision has been forthcoming.
Mike Knights, vice-chairman of King’s Lynn Without Incineration (KLWIN), said: “I’m delighted. It shouldn’t have been necessary to fight for as long as we have, but I’m delighted we’ve finally got there.
“There’s a lot of people who have paid a very high price for this, not just in monetary terms but giving up their lives for this.”
County councillor Alexandra Kemp, whose Clenchwarton and Lynn South division includes the disputed site, said the news was a “big relief.”
She added: “This is a good day for the whole of West Norfolk.”