A JUDICIAL review has approved Shore Energy’s plans to build a 160,000 tonne per annum waste recycling and renewable energy generation facility adjacent to the A8 at Carnbroe, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.
The facility will address a specific need identified by SEPA for facilities capable of meeting the objectives and targets of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan. At the same time, the plant will offer a financially competitive solution for those waste producers obliged to divert waste from landfill. The project will create 50 new jobs and is expected to result in an investment of £50million.
Simon Howie, managing director of Shore Energy, commented: “We are pleased with the outcome of this judicial review and look forward to demonstrating that the extra processing capacity of this facility will deliver real choice as well as a competitive landscape for the local councils and commercial operators which will help keep the costs down for local tax payers, especially in light of the massive landfill tax costs which Scotland faces over the coming years.”
Despite receiving planning approval for the facility in May 2011, North Lanarkshire Council’s Planning and Transportation Committee decided to put this decision forward to judicial review the following month. Whilst local politicians now have 21 days to take the decision reached by the judicial review to the inner house to appeal, Mr Howie hopes that the outcome of the judicial review brings to a conclusion any local opposition from politicians to the development.
“We have received unequivocal approval for our proposals from the judicial review,” he said.
“As elected members, we fully recognise the duty local councillors have to represent their constituents, but there comes a point when both local politicians and protestors have to recognise the verdict of the judicial review, as well as the professional opinion reached last year by the two experienced and respected reporters, who reviewed the case after all parties had been given the opportunity to present their case, who found clearly in favour of Shore Energy’s plans. In doing so they disagreed with the objectors’ arguments, which were unsubstantiated by fact or evidence, including those relating to need, health impacts and traffic.
“I would hope that the councillors and protestors will accept this decision so that we can all move forward without any further unnecessary cost and delay.”
For further information please contact Simon Howie on +44(0)7971 277272 or +44(0)1764 686000
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Date: September 19 2012