Inspector rejects appeal over West Lynn sewage plant plan

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Water company bosses have lost their appeal against the rejection of plans for a controversial sewage treatment plant at West Lynn.

Anglian Water had sought to build a treatment centre at West Lynn, from where the material would be pumped to its existing treatment works at Clockcase Lane, Clenchwarton.

But it emerged yesterday that a government planning inspector had rejected the company’s appeal against Norfolk County Council’s refusal of planning permission in December 2013.

Following hearings last October and December, inspector Clive Sproule said none of the factors supporting the appeal outweighed the conflict with planning guidelines and the harm that would be caused to surrounding areas.

The company had argued that the treatment centre, which was expected to cost around £3.5 million to build, was needed in order to ensure the Clenchwarton plant could operate at its full capacity.

They also maintained that the plan would reduce the need for large lorries to travel on unsuitable roads to the Clenchwarton site.

But residents argued the site was too close to people’s homes, particularly on the Poppyfields estate, and would increase noise, odours and traffic in the area.