Administration withdraws waste to energy plant recommendation from Cabinet consideration

Published: Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Northampton Borough Council statement

A recommendation to consider a land agreement that would give the developers of a waste to energy plant in St James, Northampton, an option to lease borough council land at Westbridge has been withdrawn from the agenda tonight (June 8).

Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet has decided that the potential developers have not carried out sufficient public consultation to allow for any discussion to take place.

Cabinet has therefore decided to withdraw the matter from the agenda and tell the developers that no land deal will be discussed until they can show that they have carried out a sufficient level of consultation.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Enterprise, said:  “We had been prepared to consider the recommendation to transfer the land at Westbridge to the developers in an objective way, but we had asked for and expected local residents and other groups to be fully consulted about the proposals. We have become aware that consultation has not taken place to the standard that we would expect and we are not prepared to discuss the land transfer until it has.”