CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a £165 million incinerator in Hartlebury has been approved by Worcestershire County councillors.

Members gave the green light to the plant during a full council meeting today.

The county council's cabinet agreed a deal last month that would see Worcestershire taxpayers fork out £125m of the loan, while the rest will be paid by Herefordshire households.

Herefordshire County Council has yet to make a decision on the plans, however.

EnviRecover, which will be built on Hartlebury Trading Estate, will have capacity to divert 200,000 tonnes of waste from landfill sites each year.

Planning consent for the plant was given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State in July 2012.

Construction is expected to start this spring and the plant wil be fully operational in early 2017.