The energy from waste plant set for Kings Lynn will go ahead after councillors voted in favour of going forward with the plans after Defra cut £169m grant for the scheme.
Norfolk councillors voted in favour of going ahead with the waste to energy plant at King’s Lynn, voting by 40 to 38 to continue with a revised plan despite the withdrawal of a £169m government grant.
Defra announced that it was withdrawing £169m worth of funding for the Cory Wheelabrator plant after announcing that “we expect to have sufficient infrastructure in England to enable us to meet the EU target of reducing waste sent to landfill and considering all other relevant factors, the decision has been taken not to fund the Norfolk project”.
A Defra spokesperson said: “We are investing over £3.5bn in waste infrastructure projects to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, promote recycling and stimulate economic growth.
“The amount of waste sent to landfill is at its lowest level while recycling rates have been increasing year on year and are now the highest on record.”