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Information for Wheelabrator Kemsley North (WKN), adjacent to and immediately NE of the Kemsley Paper Mill, in Kemsley, Sittingbourne, Kent

Status: Potential
Planning Region: South East
Planning Sub-Region: Kent
Operator: Wheelabrator Kemsley
Capacity: 390,000
Campaign Group(s): Contact coordinator@ukwin.org.uk to be put in touch with those opposing this development.
Notes: In September 2019 an application was submitted for: "A Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project comprising a power upgrade and increase in tonnage throughput to the existing Kemsley Generating Station (K3) to allow for generation of up to 75MW; and a new Wheelabrator Kemsley North (WKN) waste to energy facility with a capacity of up to 42MW" []See Infrastructure Planning website]. The examination for the proposal closed in August 2019, and a Planning Inspectorate recommendation is due to be sent to the Secretary of State Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy no later than 19 November 2020 [Source]. Kent County Council has objected to the incinerator proposal [Source]. (Entry updated 2020-10-13)

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Please be aware: There is always room for improvement, so please send updates to coordinator@ukwin.org.uk. Existing Incinerator means a facility that is operational or under construction/commissioning. A Potential Incinerator is a facility where there is a proposal for an incinerator (e.g. planning application or planning consent) or other reason to believe an incinerator might be built/proposed in the future. A Prevented Incinerator is something which used to be a proposal or expected incinerator which we do not believe is currently being progressed (e.g. because the project was cancelled, planning permission refused, or years have gone by since the permission was granted without any progress) - in some cases a facility marked as prevented is being progressed without us being aware or is subsequently revived. Capacity is usually the permitted or maximum advertised capacity of the facility.