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Wisbech Energy From Waste Plant

Latest information on the proposed Wisbech Energy From Waste Plant planning application

Next steps in the Medworth EWCHP application process

The borough council has been notified by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of the next stage in the application process. If you have previously registered as an Interested Party you may already have received a letter from PINS about this.

PINS will hold two sessions of ‘Open Floor Hearings’ at 6pm on 22 February and 10am on 23 February, to allow people who have registered as Interested Parties to speak directly to the Examining Authority (which in this case is PINS) and put forward their views. 

If you want to speak your comments should be based on representations you have previously made in writing; representations made at the hearing should provide further detail, explanation and evidence to help inform the Examining Authority.

You can only attend if you register to attend the hearings, even if you have already registered as an Interested Party.

If you have not previously registered as an Interested Party but wish to speak at the hearings, you may be able to do so, but it will be at the discretion of the Examining Authority.

Registered Interested Parties will be given allocated seating, and you will need to turn up and see if there is any left just before the event starts. It is also possible to speak virtually.

You are advised to contact the Examining Authority directly if you have not registered but wish to speak.  They can be contacted by email at: or on telephone number 0303 444 5000.

Registration for the Open Floor Hearings closes at 11.59pm on Thursday 9 February.

If you want to register to attend the Open Floor Hearings, please register via the Event Participation Form on the Planning Inspectorate's website.

If you don’t want to attend the hearings but would still like to make your views known, it may be worth contacting your parish council before 22 February. If they have registered as an Interested Party they may be able to incorporate your views into their testimony.

The borough council has taken a keen interest in these proceedings, even though the facility itself will be in Wisbech in Fenland district.  The grid connection route and substation would, however, be within the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. 

The Council has worked with the host authorities, including Norfolk County Council, and members have discussed the proposals at full council and planning committee. The council will be attending the hearings as an Interested Party.

As you will be aware, the council has agreed a position of opposition to the scheme and it will use this opportunity to re-state its opposition to the scheme.

Further information about the application and examination process can be found on the Planning Inspectorate's website